Gen. 8: 22: As the earth remains, seasons will come and go; but only one ‘character/personality’ was, is and will always be constant – that is God.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, and forever,” (Heb. 13:8).
The year is almost over. At the end of the year, people often reflect on what has happened and what they want to change before they enter into a new year. It is a time of reflection and sometimes a commitment to change for the better is made.
As you look back on this year, you may remember successes and shortcomings, joy and happiness, failed expectations and surprising accomplishments, low moments, high moments, and a host of other memories. Some things may have prompted you to make changes. Other things may have forced you to do so.
As time moves on, we move along with it. We are constantly changing. Change is good. That is why we are here in church. We want to still change. We want to become more like Jesus. We want to forsake our sins, to honour the Lord God, to be more loving and more forgiving, and to let the world know what Jesus has done for us.
2 Cor. 3:16-18
Change is good and sometimes necessary. But though we may change, though circumstances around us may change, Jesus does not. He is always there for us, always dependable, always concerned for us. He was there; He is there; and He will always be there.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, and forever.
The first part of this verse says “Jesus Christ.” The word “Jesus” means Saviour. The word Christ means The Anointed. Jesus is the Anointed Saviour. Jesus was commissioned by God to become a man, to die on the cross, and to bare our sins in His body (1 Pet. 2:24).
He was anointed at His baptism when the Holy Spirit came upon Him and He entered the Melchizedek priesthood to be the High Priest who made the sacrifice for our sins.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, and forever.
Therefore, in the Old Testament, we see the work of Jesus (God) through His people.
Jesus was there when Adam and Ever were created.
Jesus was present when Noah and his family were saved.
Jesus was there when Abraham was called to start a new nation.
Jesus was there when the Law was given to Moses.
Jesus was there to see David ascend to the throne in Israel to fulfil the prophesy that He is the Stem/Root of Jesse.
In the OT, Jesus was the pre-incarnate Word that appeared to the saints.
In the NT, Jesus was here on the earth in person.
Now, Jesus lives in our hearts, as He has physically returned to heaven, yet He left us the Comforter – the Holy Spirit (John 14:23).
In the Bible, Jesus is unchanging. In certain weird religious body, they claimed that Jesus changed.
For example The Jehovah’s Witnesses – Jesus was Michael the archangel who became a man and then became Michael the archangel again.
Church of Mormons – Jesus was a spirit-begotten creature in the pre-existence that became a man and then became a God.
In both religious cults, Jesus’ very nature changed. Not so in Christianity.
Even in Judaism, Jesus was seen as a natural man who had supernatural powers; who was killed; and his corpse stolen by his followers to fake his resurrection.
The Bible, however, makes us know that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, and forever. Jesus was God before He came to earth physically; He was God and Man when He came to save us, and He returned as God again when He went back. All the way through, His nature of God was evident. That never changed.
If and since that is true, this means that Jesus is here with you now.
If and since He was with the saints in the Old Testament, helping them, and guiding them, then He is also here with us today to help us.
He is involved in our life every day, today, and even right now.
He is not just a historical figure. He is not just a hope for the future. He is also a surety for now.
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.”
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, and forever.
Jesus was with the saints of old, as is shown in the Old Testament.
Jesus is with you today because He said He would be with you always, which has covered today.
Jesus will be with you in the future, as He said even to the end of the age, and the world has not ended.
In all of eternity, the Lord Jesus will be forever interceding for you.
Never in all eternity will you have to worry about God failing, about God changing His mind about you, or about being rejected by Him in any way.
God cannot change. He cannot break His promise. He cannot stop loving you. He cannot cast you away.
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. He is still there.
It means that you can always depend upon his character to never change.
It means that you can always know that His love for you cannot decrease.
It means that you can always depend on His commitment to you in all things, at all times, in all ways.
Though the world changes, circumstances change, people change, and you change, Jesus never does. You can always count on Jesus.
Jesus Christ is the first and the last, the One “Who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty” (Rev. 1:8). Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
In a turbulent and fast-changing world that goes from one crisis to the next, nothing seems permanent. However, this statement of faith has been a source of strength and encouragement for Christians in every generation for centuries.
In a world that is flying apart politically, economically, personally and spiritually Jesus Christ is our only secure anchor.
He is just as faithful now as He has ever been. Jesus Christ is the same for all eternity. He is changeless, immutable! He has not changed, and He will never change.
The same One who was the source and object of triumphant faith yesterday is also the One who is all-sufficient and all-powerful today to save, sustain and guide us into the eternal future. He will continue to be our Saviour forever.
He has said to us, “I will never fail you nor forsake you.”
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.”
Since Jesus Christ is unchanging so is the truth concerning Him. Yesterday He is our mediator dying in our place on the cross to cover all of our sins in a perfect sacrifice for sin. Today He intercedes in heaven representing us before the Father in heaven. Forever He is our great High Priest.
In today’s era, as soon as you buy a new phone or a new computer it is outdated by the time you get it home. Things are changing so fast that there is a part of us that wants to stay in that sweet safe place that we remember from our past. But change is a part of nature.
Solomon said, “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven.” The whole earth changes with the seasons. New life comes with the Spring and we enjoy the vibrant colours and hope of warming weather and not long afterwards we are looking for shade and perhaps a lake to swim in to escape the heat of the summer and after several weeks of hot weather we enjoy the thought of things cooling back down in the fall and then we notice all the green grass and trees turning brown, copper, and red and then the winter snow comes again. Then the cycle repeats itself again.
And through the four seasons, just as everything on earth, we too become another year older. And many years bring many changes in circumstances. Some might have got a new job, others may have just finished college, others have just lost a job, and another just retired. While one person just found out they are sick, another person just found out they have been healed. One man has found the love of his life while another man’s love of his life has just left him. Someone has just been born into the world, another has just been taken out of the world. So is the life of us humans.
Everything changes, everything is in motion. The uncertainty of our situation can sometimes cause anxiety. And when we are tired of the tumultuous changing and wish that things would settle down for a while, because we are becoming seasick from the back and forth and constant ups and downs of life, we are glad when we remember our scripture this morning.
Hebrews 13:8 – “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
“To the only God, our Saviour be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all time, and now, and for all eternity. Amen.” – Jude 1:25
Things that are seasonal and subject to change
Nothing in life is constant, except God and Change itself. Nature changes; People changes; Situation changes; etc.
Weather & Climate:
There are lots of issues surrounding climatic change today. The ozone layer depletion by gas emissions is making our earth getting hotter; desertification is increasing sun intensity; giving rise to loss of glacier from the poles; leading to sea rise; loss of habitable land to water; etc.
When I see people who are passionate about climate change and don’t know Jesus, I can understand their concern; since they did not know that Jesus is coming back; they feel the way man is treating the planet; he himself would end it soon.
The flood in Kirkstall happened in 2007. Repeated bigger in 2015. Supposed to be 1 in 100 years. One cannot put their trust in nature.
Governments and Politicians:
These people are very unpredictable. They promise one thing and delivered another. They cannot be trusted. They change anyhow. Obama wanted the votes of the church folks in the first tenure; he identified with them. He wanted the votes of the gay lobbyists in the second term; he identified with them also. Not only are they seasonal in their promise; they are seasonal in terms of office. Today is Tory; Tomorrow it might be Labour; next it is a coalition of two parties. One cannot put their trust in politicians and governments.
Culture and values of particular people do change with time and influx of other cultures. For example:
Capital punishment is now seen as barbaric in modern cultures; Sodomy is now celebrated; Age of consent always reviewed; etc. things that were taboos are now the norm; things that were seen as piety are now abnormal.
Medical, Academic; Financial; Religious; etc. their code of practice is constantly been reviewed and necessary changes made.
They are like a chameleon. Ever-changing; never constant. Sit and eat with me… regardless of the level of relationship; people can and may change.
Jephthah family – Judges 11:1-11
Laban and sons towards Jacob – Gen. 31:1-16
Cain to Abel – Gen. 4:3-9
If everyone is offended in you, I will not. Peter, however, denied Jesus thrice.
Delilah gave Samson away.
Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss – Luke 22:48
Demas changed to Paul
Alexander the coppersmith to Paul.
John Mark to Paul
The 500 believers to Jesus
The Jews at triumphant entry/Jews at Jesus trial same but different disposition.
Aaron and the golden calf
Peter scolded by Paul –
Solomon and worship of Yahweh
Joab and Uriah – 2 Sam. 11:15-
No wonder the scripture warns us that woe is the man that put his trust in the arm of flesh.
Heb. (he has promised never to leave…) May the never-changing God never leave nor forsake you. May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel be your God always in Jesus name.
- Father, in this season, let me be refreshed and filled with joy in Jesus name.
- I declare that I will rejoice before The Lord more than people rejoice at the harvest, more than men rejoice when dividing the plunder in Jesus name.
- Father as I take refuge in you, let me experience gladness, let me sing for joy, and surround me and my love ones with your protection in Jesus name.
- I confess and declare that I am the righteousness of God in Christ; therefore, the Lord will bless me and surround me with favour in Jesus name.
- Father satisfy my soul with your goodness, let my mouth be filled with your praises in Jesus name.
- Father send help to me on a daily basis and let me have reasons to rejoice throughout the remaining days in this year in Jesus name.
Sermon delivered by Samuel Obafaiye, Pastor, RCCG Everlasting Father’s Assembly, Leeds and Area Pastor (RCCG) on December 15, 2019.