JESUS CHRIST THE SAME YESTERDAY
TODAY AND FOREVER
"JESUS CHRIST THE SAME YESTERDAY,
TODAY AND FOREVER."
Reading: Hebrews 13:1-12
Text verse 8
(a) There are very few things in this world which we can depend upon
as being unchangeable.
(b) For the most part, things age and decay, fall into disrepair, and
become worthless, to everyone except perhaps, those with long memories!
(c) My grandmother's house sat beside a main road at the seaside, and
when I was a child, we used to go down every week to see her.
(i) I used to enjoy chasing the chickens around the gooseberry bush.
I'm sure I must have put them off laying sometimes.
(ii) But I could always be sure of a nice fresh boiled egg, done in a
saucepan on the open fire. It always had a special taste, along with a
thick doorstep of thickly buttered bread. Even the strong stewed tea
seemed attractive somehow.
(d) I remember when my grandmother died, her house became vacant, and
then was demolished, sometime later.
(e) Although that part of the coast was a favourite of my fathers, he
avoided it as much as possible, and when he did have to pass that way,
he shed more than a few tears, because of the memories associated
(f) I think we all have difficulties accepting change in certain
things with happy associations.
I remember as a child feeling horrified when they started to build on
the waste ground that had the pond in which I used to catch
sticklebacks, tadpoles and newts.
Many times I had small frogs in a container on the window sill. They
had been hatched from frogspawn.
(g) Now, when we go to our home town of Belfast, in the North of
Ireland, we just about get lost in some parts of the City,
because you quite simply can't recognise it for what it used to be.
Everything changes so much, we are inclined to ask, WHAT CAN WE PUT
OUR FAITH IN THAT WILL REMAIN THE SAME NO MATTER WHAT?
(a) Our Scripture reading tells of dependability and
changelessness in a changing world :-
It says, "Jesus Christ, the SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER!"
(i) His Church has changed greatly in the last two centuries! Not
always for good!
(ii) Often the quality of those within the church has depreciated
(iii) The scourge of the Church today is COMPROMISE! UNIFORMITY AT ANY
WE HAVE NO RIGHT TO WATER DOWN OR 'ADAPT' THE TRUTH OF GOD TO SUIT US
OR OUR FALSE 'TOGETHERNESS' WITH SO CALLED OTHER 'CHRISTIANS' WHO
AREN'T EVEN SAVED!!
(b) No matter what happens in this world, or how man tries
to twist, contaminate, and pervert the truths of the Gospel - CHRIST
WILL NOT CHANGE!!
HE IS THE SAME, YESTERDAY, TODAY, FOREVER!! HALLELUJAH!!
(c) Perhaps we glibly repeat the statement, without any real thought of
what it is actually saying!
DO WE HONESTLY BELIEVE that the Miracle working Christ of Scripture is
How much are we willing to STAND BEHIND IT??
(d) Then taking it a step further, how much are we willing to PUT IT
INTO ACTION IN OUR OWN LIVES? SUCH A STATEMENT IS NOT PASSIVE - IT IS
AN ACTIVE STATEMENT WHICH DEMANDS ACTION ON OUR PART!
(e) We CANNOT sit down and GLIBLY STATE THAT CHRIST IS THE SAME,
WITHOUT accepting the challenge which that presents, and SHARING IT
WITH THE WORLD!!
(a) THE CORNER-STONE OF OUR EVANGELICAL FAITH IS THE RESURRECTION! PAUL
TELLS US THAT IF IT DIDN'T HAPPEN, THEN OUR FAITH IS VAIN! IN OTHER
WORDS IF JESUS DIDN'T RISE AGAIN FROM THE DEAD - WE LIVE A FARCE!!
(b) We must admit that there are many today who would challenge what we
believe on the resurrection! For example a past Bishop of
Durham, who said the resurrection is nothing more than a CONJURING
TRICK WITH A BAG OF BONES!
(c) Some time ago, I heard a minister on 'Morning Call' on the
television. I heard him ask the question, "What makes Jesus different
from the founders of other world religions?" So I started to listen.
He went through them all from Mohammed to Moses, and how they died.
Then he said, "The thing that makes Jesus different is that HE DIED
A VIOLENT DEATH! He then said goodbye, and we were left with the
words on the screen, "IT IS FINISHED!"
(d) The difference between Christianity and other religions is that
it's FOUNDER IS ALIVE AND WELL AFTER 2000 YEARS!!!
(e) There are many today who believe that Jesus rose only as a SPIRIT,
But such a resurrection is impossible, for resurrection means,
"The bringing back to life of that which was dead!
THE SOUL OF JESUS DID NOT DIE!
(f) The Apostle Paul says, "If Christ be not raised, ye are yet
in your sins."
(g) Because Jesus has risen bodily, THE CHAINS OF DEATH AND HELL
HAVE BEEN BROKEN! HALLELUJAH!!
BECAUSE HE LIVES, WE SHALL LIVE ALSO!
Jesus Himself declares, "I am the resurrection and the life, He that
believeth on Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live, and
whosoever liveth and believeth on Me shall never die."
(h) It goes without saying, that for Jesus to be the same today, then
He had to be raised from the dead, which thank God is the case as we
have the positive experience in our own lives that He is alive!
(a) I remember seeing a sign on a church - "My God is real - sorry
(b) There are so many people today with a dull dead empty religion.
THANK GOD, WE HAVE A LIVING SAVIOUR!! HE IS REAL!!
(c) When Billy Graham went to Ireland away back in 1960, I remember
sitting there amongst all those thousands of people in Windsor Park
football ground, absolutely awestruck by this tremendous event.
Billy Graham said, "You cannot put God in a test tube and say 'there is
That's so very true, but our proof of the living God is the work He
performs in our heart when we yield it to Him!
EXPERIENCE IS THE GREATEST PROOF OF ALL!!
(d) The Ulster evangelist Pastor Billy Mullan is reported to have said,
"I don't want to share my Saviour with you, I don't have to - because
you can have Him all to yourself! You can take the Saviour home with
(e) Jesus said, "Lo I am with you always, even to the end of the
Someone Who walks and talks with us - Someone with Whom we can
share every problem, and every good time also.
(f) He is the SAME YESTERDAY! The Bible is NOT JUST HISTORY! IT IS
THE LIVING WORD OF GOD! Billy Graham said, "It is more up to date than
He is the SAME TODAY! The Jesus we read about in Scripture, IS THE SAME
His Power has in no way diminished! HIS LOVE, HIS AUTHORITY OVER
EVIL AND DISEASE, HIS COMPASSION, AND DESIRE TO INTERVENE - HAVE NOT
He is the SAME FOREVER! "This SAME JESUS shall so come in like manner
as ye have seen Him go!"
(g) PAST, PRESENT, PROPHETIC, HE IS THE UNCHANGEABLE ONE!!
(h) Our personal vision of Christ will effect, the way we live, and
every aspect of our witness to others! It will effect how much of HIS
POWER can flow THROUGH US to help others with many varying needs. I
have been known to use the rather strange term of the CHRISTIAN
DRAINPIPE! A channel through which His power flows.
Proverbs 29:18 says, "Where there is no vision, the people perish!"
(a) When we see advertisements, we can usually write one word across
them - EXAGGERATION!
(b) There are many who speak of the miracles in the Gospels as if they
are some sort of advertisement for Christ, and yet if PUT TO THE TEST
TODAY DO NOT WORK!!
(c) In between our two sessions at collage, we were sent to Ashton-in-
Makerfield in Lancashire, in England.
During our stay there, we attended a campaign meeting, and saw a child
walking who had been crippled, a deaf woman starting to hear, a man
with no kneecap, who to his own amazement, was able to start bending
his leg again, and walk normally!
(d) The local paper, for weeks, had it's front page full of
stories of miraculous healings! HUNDREDS WERE SAVED AND TRANSFORMED BY
(e) THE JESUS WHO UNSTOPPED DEAF EARS, OPENED BLIND EYES, RESTORED
WITHERED HANDS, CAUSED THE LAME TO WALK: THIS JESUS IS THE SAME AT THIS
HE IS LIMITED ONLY BY THE LIMITATIONS OF OUR VISION OF HIM!
(a) After all, did not Jesus say of those who would become His
disciples, "Greater things than these shall they do because I go to My
WE SERVE A LIVING MIRACLE WORKING CHRIST!!
Psalm 103:3 speaks of the Lord "Who forgiveth all thine
iniquities, Who HEALETH ALL THY DISEASES!"
William Booth believed strongly that God could perform miracles in
answer to prayer. He wrote in the War Cry, "This is in perfect harmony
with the views and experience of the Salvation Army from the
beginning. Nothing to the contrary has ever been taught by our
authority, and numerous instances of faith-healing have occurred
throughout it's history."
(b) The Lord is reliable, always willing and able to meet the need, in
answer to the prayer of faith!
(c) That need may be for Salvation or for physical healing - He can
(d) You might say to yourself, "That is some statement!!" We cannot
believe in half measures! If Christ has not changed, then His Gospel
has not changed either, SO WHY IS IT NOT HAVING THE IMPACT TODAY
WHICH HAS SO OFTEN BEEN SHOWN IN THE PAST???
(e) The mark of spiritual authority shown in the early Church, was that
"SIGNS FOLLOWED THE PREACHING OF THE WORD."
(f) The situation today is that OCCULT PRACTICES, are growing at a
remarkable rate - and one of the main reasons for this - apart from
the obvious appeal to the lower nature, is the fact that these
are SUPERNATURAL RELIGIONS, making full use of the Devil's power with
the 'lying signs and wonders' spoken of in the book of Revelation!
(g) My nephew, in Ireland, on one occasion drew my attention to a
newspaper report that Witchcraft would apparently soon be allowed to
advertise on television and radio! Couple this with the curb on
true evangelical programmes, and I think we will begin to get the
IF CHRIST HAS NOT CHANGED AND HIS GOSPEL HAS NOT CHANGED, THEN IT MUST
BE WE WHO HAVE CHANGED FROM THE EARLY CHRISTIANS!!!
(a) After all, if Christ is unchanged, then we should be living in a
present experience of "The Acts of the Apostles"!!
It has been said that it is the open-ended unfinished book that is
still being written!
(b) I remember seeing a sign that said,
"GOD IS NOT FOR EMERGENCY USE ONLY!!"
(c) Many people only seem to pray when in hopeless difficulties or
(d) He knows YOUR need at this moment, and He wants to meet it! WILL
YOU LET HIM?
(e) So often we sing, "Christ is the answer to my every need!"
DO YOU BELIEVE IT?
(f) If it is true, which it is, it demands a response from us!
(g) Let Jesus deal with whatever the need may be in your life!
IS IT SPIRITUAL - EMOTIONAL OR PHYSICAL? WE HAVE AN ALL SUFFICIENT GOD!
(h) Jesus said, "Ask and it shall be given you!"
"Call upon me and I will answer!"
NO MATTER HOW GREAT THE NEED MAY BE, HE HAS THE POWER, THE ABILITY,
AND THE STRENGTH TO MEET THAT NEED!! BUT WILL YOU LET HIM?
Chorus "Meet my need Lord"
SONGS FROM SALVATION ARMY SONG BOOK
750 CHORUS ONLY
Yesterday, Today, Forever.
He's the Christ of Yesterday
He's the Same Today as Yesterday (163)
Jesus is Real to Me.
Meet My Need Lord (86)