“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
Introduction: Everything about us is changing. Young people are peer pressured into thinking that they must keep up with the latest things, whether in fashion, or technology or popular music and TV. But overnight what was “in thing” becomes “old” and out dated. Yes, everything around us is changing, but there is one Person who never changes and that is Jesus Christ the Son of God. Two thousand years ago someone in the New Testament wrote these words: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” Heb 13:8, and the passing years have confirmed the truth of this statement to many people. Jesus is always contemporary, that means he is now. This is because:
I. Christ Is Always Relevant
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). This cannot be said of anyone else in the universe. This is supported by the teaching of the Bible and everyday experience.
1) Jesus Christ Is Relevant to Every Age
In Rev. 1:8 Jesus is declared to be “the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end”. Christ is the everlasting word. He was and is and is to come. There has never been a time in history where His message and ministry were irrelevant. His gospel is as up to date now as when he first preached it. In fact, did you know that time itself relates to him. Prior to His appearance in history all events are dated b.c.—before Christ; after His coming they are referred to as a.d., after the Latin phrase anno domini—in the year of our Lord. So even our calendars revolve around the Lord Jesus Christ.
Christ here describes himself as the A-z of every generation. So whoever you are, however old you are and in whatever part of history you may be living in – Jesus Christ is relevant to you today.
Can you imagine the number of words it took to write a thirty-volume set of the Encyclopaedia Britannica? It must be an awesome number, but an even more amazing thing is that only twenty-six different letters were used. The authors did not have to go outside of the alphabet to assemble that massive collection of knowledge. It provided for them everything they needed for this one task. Jesus Christ called himself the Alpha and Omega, and we do not have to go outside of him for anything that we need. He is God’s “everything”—for all situations.
2) Jesus Christ Is Relevant to Every Race
The Bible says of Jesus “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…” John 1:14. By assuming human form He represented every race in every generation. How true are the words of the children’s chorus: Red and yellow, black and white, All are precious in His sight…
To understand this simple Scripture is to deal a deathblow to racism and discrimination. “Jesus Christ is the same” – that means He is the same to men and women of every colour, country and creed. When Christ commissioned His disciples to go and evangelize the world He said, “preach the gospel to every creature” Mark 16:15; and again: “make disciples of all the nations…” Matt 28:19. All men have sinned, all men need a Saviour, hence Jesus Christ is relevant to every race.
Recently in school we studied a painting called “The ascension” where our Lord is shown departing from his disciples and returning to heaven. The artist came from the African country of Cameroon. Yet here is something strange about the picture. Jesus and his disciples are shown as black men, wearing clothes familiar in Cameroon. This seems an odd thing for the painter to show, since we know that Jesus and his disciples were all Jewish men, light skinned and differently dressed. Yet what the artist intended to show was simply this: regardless of how you depict him, Jesus is my Saviour, a Saviour for all men, for all colour and nations. He is MY SAVIOUR. The scripture is clear, he became flesh, that he might be near to all men. Jesus Christ is relevant to you whoever you are.
3) Jesus Christ Is Relevant to Every Need
Great scientific discoveries have been made over the centuries since Christ walked the earth, but man has basically never changed. His fashions have changed, but his needs are now what they were then. He still loves and laughs, he still hunts and hates, he still buys and sells, and even more importantly, he still sins and dies. Since Christ came to raise man to new life in himself, and Jesus Christ is “…the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8), then Jesus Christ came that he might meet your needs today. Jesus Christ is relevant to you whatever your need.
II. Christ Is Always Competent
Since “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” he is still able to meet our greatest need. In other words, he is competent. He is competent because he is both the son of man and the Son of God.
1) His Competency as the Son of Man
“Jesus” was the human name given to our Lord as He entered human life to redeem a fallen race. The words of the angel to Mary were: “…you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). While it is true that Jesus was a reformer, a healer, a teacher, and a friend of the outcast, He was supremely the Saviour. God made mankind for himself, and in the beginning man had a relationship with God, a fellowship with God. But that fellowship was broken when the first man sinned. And ever since then we have all been born in sin. We are all outside of that fellowship, for we have all sinned (Rom. 3.23). Our sin has separated us from our God, and if we remain in that separation throughout life until our death then we will be miserably and eternally separated from God after we die too, in hell. The only way our fellowship with God could be restored was if the Son of God took on himself our humanity and died on a cross to take our sins away. How many people realise this today?
The religious leaders of Jesus’ day applauded many of His other works, but they stiffened with opposition when He looked into the face of a paralysed man and said, “Son, your sins are forgiven you” (Mark 2:5). They were blind to the fact that man’s fundamental problem is sin. All other answers we can find through technology, such as how to cure cancer or how to live longer will pale into insignificance if we are unable to find a cure the problem of sin. And the good news of the gospel is that God has provided such a cure. The cure in found in Jesus. This is why Jesus is so relevant today. The apostle Paul wrote, “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief” (1Timothy 1:15). Paul may have been a highly educated and important man, but he regarded his own accomplishments worthless compared to the salvation from sin offered through Christ.
2) His Competency as the Son of God
“Christ” is the divine title and means “the Messiah” or “the Anointed One.” Bible students will know that such divine anointings were related to the offices of prophet, priest, and king; and all these offices are combined in Christ our Saviour.
As Prophet, Christ is the Divine Spokesman that every man needs. John calls Him the “word”. He is “God’s conversation with men” [Emil Brunner]. At the beginning of Christ’s ministry God’s voice broke through from heaven to declare, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” The writer to the Hebrews adds, “God, who at various times and in different ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son…” (Hebrews 1:1-2). There is no other message for a lost world than the message of Christ the anointed One. In Him God has spoken His final word.
As Priest, Christ is the Divine Sacrifice that every man needs. The Bible reminds us that our Saviour “had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.” Heb 2:17. This is why His name is Jesus, for in His own body He suffered the penalty of our sin so that we might be made right with God. God has to punish sin. He placed your sin on Christ as he died on the cross and he punished your sin there. All God asks of you now is that you believe this is the case. Believe that God’s Son died for you and that three days later he rose again that he might save you. The Bible says that when you “confess the Lord Jesus with your mouth and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Only through the death of Christ can we be reconciled to a holy God and find forgiveness and cleansing.
As King, Christ is the Divine Sovereign that every man needs. We read that “for…this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord…” (Romans 14:9). Man is made in such a way that he needs a king—not only in his personal life, but also in his social and national life. Now while it is true that earthly leadership is part of God’s order for man, the human heart will never be satisfied until Jesus Christ is Lord. Without Christ as Lord and King there is no purpose in everyday living. Jesus wants to be your King and Lord. The Bible makes it clear that he died and rose again for this purpose. In order to be saved from sin, you must have Jesus as your Lord in all you do and say. If he cannot be your Lord then he will not be your Saviour. But if you will take this wonderful Saviour, the son of man and the Son of God, to be your Saviour today, then you can be sure that he will save you, for he is competent, able to do so. Heb 7.25
Conclusion Christ is always relevant and competent. The gospel is for you and me, here and now. All that remains to be asked is: Do you know this Christ? Has He come into your life? Do you know Him as Saviour? He waits for you to invite him into your heart, for when you do, he will become all that you need & long for. Don’t miss out on what is the most amazing human experience — an encounter with Jesus Christ. Make your decision today.