Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
The calendars flip over again in a few hours. But if you think about it, what is this really about? Every 30 or 31 days we flip the calendar over from month to month and we don’t make a fuss about it. We don’t stay up till past midnight and have a party. But every twelfth time we do. It’s not because it’s a biblical command or anything. The passing of one year to another is simply an event on a calendar devised by human beings. Yet we hold on to it at least partly because we want to think that things are going to be different in the New Year. Changes are going to be made, hopefully for the better. We make resolutions. We plan. We hope.
Tonight’s flipping of the calendar is about change. Not only the change from one year to another, but changes in our lives. There are changes that we can and will make, changes we hope to make. But there are also changes that will happen that we have no control over. We will just have to come to terms with them.
As we come into a new year, it’s good that we do some reflecting on what this means. It’s good for believers to be circumspect – to be thoughtful and reflective. We need to meditate and carefully think about what’s going on in our lives. With 2014 just hours away, we are faced with possible changes and inevitable changes. But there are also solid truths that will be the same. There is someone whose person and work never changes. Though our lives may be in flux, he is a rock. Jesus remains the same yesterday, today and forever.
Today, in the present, Jesus Christ represents his people in heaven. He represents you. Today, as in the past, he intercedes for us and pleads our cause at the right hand of God. Not only that, but he sympathizes with our weaknesses. That sympathy perfects his intercession.
In the future, we may continue to expect our Savior to intercede for us. We also can be confident that he will continue to be our perfect teacher, teaching us the will of God concerning our redemption. He won’t leave us in the dark but will come to us through his Word and Spirit to teach us and lead us.
And, of course, we are sure that he will always be our faithful King. As he was in the past and is in the present, we know that he will constantly rule over us and take care of us. He has promised that he loves us and that he will guard us in our salvation. We’re safe with him today and tomorrow and forever. Believe this, brothers and sisters: he’ll never change.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today and forever.” In 2013, He was our Lord and Savior. He proved himself faithful again, through all the ups and downs we experienced. As individuals, as families and as a church, we have seen the reliability of our Lord. We called out to him for His help and He answered us, showing us His love. As the calendar turns to 2014, we know that He will be the same in the days, weeks and months ahead. We can face this New Year with hope and confidence. Though the calendar changes, our Savior never does. May God give us all a blessed 2014.
Dear Lord, We thank you for the New Year. We thank you for having always been our faithful Lord and Savior. What a blessing to know that you are the same yesterday, and today, and forever. Lord, help us fix our eyes on you in this coming New Year. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.