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Ron Writes

Jesus Is The Same

Today, we kickoff our annual

All Summer Bible Adventure (ASBA)
“The God of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”

The Hebrew writer is getting to the end of his sermon when he says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow” (Heb.13:8). The Hebrew audience would recognize that these words were first used to describe the God of Israel (Mal. 3:6), but were now being used to describe Jesus.

In the context, the Hebrew writer is pleading with his audience not to leave Christianity and go back to Judaism. They were confused, exhausted and being pressed by persecution. At the end of chapter 10, he is telling them that they need the endurance that comes by faith. Then he gives example after example of what faith looks like (Heb. 11). In chapter 12, he calls on them to look at Jesus who endured great hostility by sinners. He then closes the chapter with a look at God’s unshakable kingdom.

In the verse before our text, he admonishes, “Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith” (13:7) Even though their godly teachers were now dead, Jesus whom they preached is “the same yesterday, today and forev er.” One point after another he has shown how Jesus supersedes and re places Judaism. Jesus and his death have replaced the altar of the Temple. By His resurrection He has become our true high priest. Therefore, they must reject Judaism and cling to Jesus and His teachings. This faith might lead them to persecution, rejection or even death, but it has its reward.

We too have our trials, challenges, and occasional doubts. Look to Jesus, the life that is history, and the life He shares with us today. Jesus is the au thor and perfecter of our faith, our immoveable rock, he is our unchangeable hope that is the anchor of our souls, he is the firm foundation that we can rely on and that will never change. The steadfast love of the Lord will never cease. We can trust in Jesus forever!