Jesus Christ – the same, yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8)
The immutability of Christ comforts and assures us through the inevitable changes of life. Life is full of changes – some for the better – some for the worse. In a world of rapid and unpredictable change, we know one who is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. This immutable character of Jesus Christ concludes the book of Hebrews in a similar way to how the book began. Listen to some of those beginning words:
Hebrews 1:8-12 8 ¶ But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom. 9 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.” 10 And, “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands; 11 they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment, 12 like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will have no end.”
Is not this our comfort? He is the same. In a world where governments change, economies change, physical appearances changes, friends changes, climates change (so I’m told) — In a world of certain, but unpredictable change, what can you depend on?
This is the central question of the book of Hebrews and the central issue of life? WHO IS THIS IMMUTABLE JESUS? Is Jesus the same – yesterday, today, and forever? The resounding answer is Jesus is the Same. As you read through the book of Hebrews you will find the at least following affirmations about the immutability of Jesus.
- He is the same son of God, image of the father, creator of heavens and earth.
- He is the same one who takes on humanity that he may experience death for every man,
- He is the same one who pioneers and blazes the trail of salvation for all who will follow Him.
- He is the same one who sanctifies us and is not ashamed to call us brothers and sisters.
- He is the same sympathetic Savior who triumphed over the Devil and who helps us in our temptation.
- He is the same apostle and high priest of our confession who builds the house of salvation in which we live.
- He is the same one who brings us to the throne of his father to find mercy and grace.
- He is the same one who gives the Promised rest for weary sinners.
- He is the same one who is of a priestly order that has no end.
- He is the same priest, holy, harmless, undefiled, made higher than the heavens.
- He is the same one who offers himself as a once for all sacrifice for sins.
- He is the same one in whose blood is your forgiveness of sins.
- He is the same one who brings you not to Mount Sinai and its holy wrath but to Mount Sion and that grand celestial celebration.
- He is the same one who disciplines you because he loves you.
- He is the same one whom saints of old have found to be faithful in life and death.
- He is the same one who is coming and who will fulfill everyone promise to his children.
- He is the same one who endured the hardship of the race but entered into the joy of victory.
He was all of this yesterday – He is all of this today – He will be all of this tomorrow – He will not change – never, ever, will He change – He is the same.