The church that I attended and served on staff for over seven years had on the back wall of our stage large letters that quoted Hebrews 13: 8, “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today and forever.”
What an incredible statement. It should be a statement that instills hope and faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Jesus never has ever changed. He died on the cross because He loved us, loves us and will always love us.
He loved us before we were even created. Do you know why? He chose to create me and you. Each of us is special in His sight because He created us out of love and for a purpose.
I love to go to the Jersey shore. Having lived in New Jersey until I moved to PA in 1990, going to the shore was an annual event in my childhood. Every summer we would rent a cottage at the shore for two weeks. I have so many great memories.
I was also blessed to attend Monmouth University which is located very close to the beach. In fact in my second year of college I lived in an apartment with three other students right off the beach. I have so many great memories of those days too.
Even when I first started dating my late wife, it was a common practice to go to the beach for the day. When my children were growing up, almost every year we rented a house at the beach with my in-laws, cousins and other family members. What a joy it was.
Even now my wife and I love to go every summer down to the beach. I also noticed living near the Poconos how so many people love to come to the mountains for vacation.
Do you know why people love to go to the shore and to the mountains? It is because they have always been the same since their childhood. The ocean and the beach have been the same yesterday, today and possible forever. There is something calming and stabilizing about some things never changing. They are the same when we were young and now as we get older.
It should be the same to the true believer in Jesus Christ. He has always been the same: when you were a child, an adolescent and now an adult. He has never changed. He loved you then. He loves you now and He will always be there for you.
I have kept a journal for years. Sometimes I go back and read about events, good and bad and have noticed that the Lord has always been there with me, whether I realized it at the time or not.
Jesus should be a stabilizing factor in your life. He will never change. He died on a cross for you before you were even born. He now rejoices in being involved in your everyday life if you let Him.
He truly is the same yesterday, today and forever. Praise His holy name!
- Pastor Jim