Justin Tucker, LHBC Worship Pastor
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
You stay the same through the ages
Your love never changes
And may be pain in the night
But joy comes in the morning
And when the oceans rage
I don’t have to be afraid
Because I know that You love me
Your love never fails
For some people change is very uncomfortable but the inevitable reality is that things do change. Almost everything we know changes. In fact, few things ever stop changing. The seasons change, technology changes, the people in our lives change. They get older, discover new hobbies, change jobs, and sometimes they move completely out of our lives. Changes are going to happen today, it will be part of the everyday life of every person on earth.
When it comes to Jesus though, we get to rest in the promise of someone who will never change. We’re not used to someone who never changes. That might even sound boring to you. But it is one of the most awesome, life-changing truths about our Savior, and it’s the promise of Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Jesus is today, and has always been, and will always be, the same — His love, His grace, His mercy, His authority… they are always going to be the same!
If Jesus Christ never changes, then his good news to us never changes. He is alive and at the right hand of the Father, and he stands over his every word to see it through to the end. He came with a message for the world. God sent his Son here so that if we would believe in him, we would never die (John 3:16).
He promised to be near to the broken and to give rest to the weary. He promised to feed those that are spiritually starving. He announced provision for the poor, liberty to the captives, eyesight for the blind, and freedom for the oppressed. He promises good in absolutely everything to every single one of his own (Romans 8:28). Just as Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever, his word never changes. It never fails. It is and will always be as good as it sounds.
And behind every good word he ever spoke is his deep and constant love for us! As sure as Jesus is, so sure is his love — the love that compelled him to come, the love he displayed at the cross, and the love by which he carries us day by day until he brings us home. We only know what love is because God loved us through Jesus.
God himself never fails. His word never fails. And His love for us will never fail.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Father God, thank you for loving me when I was dead in my sin and needing a new life that only you could give through your son, Jesus. Father forgive me when I haven’t stepped into the fullness of your will for my life. Lord, teach me to burn my plows and trust You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
Hebrews 9:22-22 Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.