Hebrews 13:8, You can always count on Jesus

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever," (Heb. 13:8).

As you look back on your life, you may remember successes and failures, joy and happiness, failed expectations and surprising accomplishments, sickness, health, and a host of other memories. You can look back at how things have changed, how you have changed. As I grow older, I notice the changes my body is going through. I do not like most of them. However, there are other changes as well, changes in my spiritual maturity which, I hope, are improving. 

We are all changing.

As time moves on, we move along with it. We are constantly changing. Change is good. That is why we go to church, pray, and read our Bibles. We want to change. We want to become more like Jesus. We want to forsake our sins, to honor the Lord God, to be more loving and forgiving, and to let the world know what Jesus has done for us.

Change is good and sometimes necessary. However, though we may change, though circumstances may change, we need to know that through it all Jesus does not. He is always there for us. He is always dependable. He is always concerned for us.

  1. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever.
    1. The first part of this verse says "Jesus Christ." The word "Jesus" means savior. The word "Christ" means anointed. Jesus is the anointed savior. Jesus was commissioned by God to become a man, die on the cross, and bare our sins in His body (1 Pet. 2:24).
    2. He was anointed at His baptism when the Holy Spirit came upon Him, and He entered into the Melchizedek priesthood to be the high priest sacrifice for our sins according to the Old Testament: Lev. 8; Num. 4; Exodus 29.
    3. You must remember that Jesus is still God and man, even now.
      1. Colossians 2:9, "For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form."
      2. Because He is God, He is holy and righteous, and His words cannot be broken.
    4. The Trinity and aseity
      1. The Trinity is the teaching that in the one God there are three eternal, co-powerful, co-equal, and distinct persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
      2. Aseity is the property of God that is his eternal self-existence. If he is eternal then he is immutable. This means he does not change.
        1. So, God by his nature eternally self-exists and is unchanging.
      3. Jesus is the second person of the Trinity who became flesh. Therefore, he is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
    5. Some may ask, "When the Word became incarnate in Jesus, is this not a change in him?"
      1. No. It is not a change in what the Word was.
      2. The person of Jesus has two distinct natures: divine and human. He is God and man. We call this the hypostatic union.
        1. This means that in the one person is the divine, holy, immutable, eternal nature and the human nature.
        2. But humans change. We are born. We grow old and die.  
      3. As it says in John 1:1, 14, "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God...and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us." The Word added human nature to His divine nature in the person of Christ. Therefore, Jesus who is the Word, is still divine, holy, unchanging, pure, forgiving, humble, trustworthy, gentle, kind, and so much more...and at the same time, He is also a man.
    6. Jesus was born in order to...
      1. Reveal the Father (Matthew 11:27)
      2. To preach the good news of the kingdom of God (Luke 4:43)
      3. To do the will of the Father (John 6:38)
      4. To testify to the truth (John 18:37)
      5. To die and destroy Satan's power (Hebrews 2:14)
      6. To become a high priest (Hebrews 2:17)
      7. To take away sin (1 John 3:5)
      8. To proclaim freedom for believers (Luke 4:18)
  2. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever.
    1. In the Old Testament we see the work of God through His people.
      1. We see God saving the world through Noah.
      2. We see God blessing the nations through Abraham.
      3. We see God providing the Law through Moses.
      4. We see God promising the Messiah through David.
      5. We see Jesus dying on the cross for your sins so you might have redemption and forgiveness.
      6. Jesus went to the cross
        1. The reason the eternal Word of God, second person of the Trinity, became flesh was so that he might be born under the law (Galatians 4:4), fulfill the law (Matthew 5:17), and bear our sins in his body on the cross (1 Peter 2:24) so that we might be saved by faith in His holy sacrifice on the cross.
    2. We also see through all of the promises many physical appearances of God: Gen. 17:1; 18:1; Ex. 6:2-3; 24:9-11; Num. 12:6-8, compare with John 6:46.
      1. This is because God was, and still is, involved with His people.
      2. In the OT God appeared many times to his people. But it was not God the Father who appeared to the saints. It was the pre-incarnate Christ.
      3. It was the pre-incarnate Christ who walked with Adam and Eve in the garden and began the gospel (the protoevangelion).
      4. In the OT, Jesus was with his people.
      5. In the NT, Jesus was with his people.
      6. In the present, Jesus is with you. 
        1. He lives in our hearts, John 14:23, "Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him."
    3. In the Bible, Jesus is unchanging. In the cults, Jesus changes.
      1. Jehovah's Witnesses - Jesus is Michael the archangel who became a man and became Michael the archangel again.
      2. Mormonism - a spirit-begotten creature in the pre-existence that became a man and then became a God.
      3. In both of these cults, Jesus' very nature changed. Not so in Christianity.
  3. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever.
    1. This means that Jesus is here with you now.
    2. This means that Jesus is with you through all your sorrows.
    3. If He was with the Saints in the Old Testament, helping them and guiding them, then He is also here today with you doing the very same thing.
    4. He is involved in your life every day, today. Right now.
    5. He is not a theoretical presence.
    6. He is not only the hope for the future.
    7. Jesus said,
      1. Matthew 28:19-20, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
      2. In fact, 3 verses prior to Hebrews 13:8 it says in verse five, "I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you."
  4. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever.
    1. Jesus was with the saints of old, as is shown in the Old Testament.
    2. Jesus is with you today because He said He would be with you always.
    3. Jesus will be with you in the future. To be with you always, means always...forever.
    4. In all of eternity, the Lord Jesus will be forever interceding for you.
    5. Never in all eternity will you have to worry about God failing, about God changing His mind about you, or about being rejected in any way.
    6. You will never have to worry about God changing somehow and you losing your salvation, or in the distant eternal future, God changes his mind about you in heaven and kicks you out.
    7. God cannot change. He cannot break a promise. He cannot stop loving you. He cannot cast you away.
  5. Conclusion
    1. It means that you can always count on Jesus being there in your life, even when it doesn't seem like He is. He doesn't change.
    2. It means that you can always depend upon his character to never change.
    3. It means that you can always know that His love for you cannot decrease.
    4. It means that you can always depend on His commitment to you in all things, at all times, in all ways.
    5. Though the world changes, circumstances change, people change, and you change, Jesus never does.
    6. You can always count on Jesus.
 
 
About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.