Times of adversity can be so unsettling. It may seem that life as we know it has turned on its head. It is for this reason, as our author begins to close this letter, that we read these words. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever!” (Hebrews 13:8) Jesus Christ is our Rock. He must become our ultimate source of stability and security.
In the previous verse the writer encourages us to find and follow godly examples of faith. But no matter how dependable and faithful another Christian might be, no one comes close to Jesus Christ. Even the best of mankind is still human, but Jesus Christ is the perfect Godman! We will not always be able to rely on other people, but we can always rely on Christ. And even if we have found a great human example to follow in life, eventually, they will go to be with Jesus. But Jesus remains solid, steady, and unchanging. It is the unchanging nature of Jesus Christ our Lord that we should always rest in and be anchored to. Praise God that He does not change. Let’s fix our eyes on the unchanging Solid Rock, Jesus.
In this letter our author has related to us the past, present, and throughout all future tenses of Christ’s ministry toward us. Yesterday Jesus “offered both requests and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save Him from death” (Hebrews 5:7). Today He represents His people in the presence of God, a high priest who is able to sympathize with them in their weakness, because He “has been tempted in every way just as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrew 4:15) and forever “He always lives to intercede for them” (Hebrews 7:25). His ministry is permanently at our disposal, so why then should we lose heart and give up?
Jesus is the same firm foundation today that He was yesterday, and He will still be the same tomorrow when we learn to fully rest in Him. In the midst of constant change and uncertainty Jesus Christ is the same. We can always count on Him. In tumultuous times where things are so unsettled, we can trust the unchanging Christ.