One of my favorite names for Jesus is a name that most people probably don't even think of as a name.
It's found in Hebrews 13:8:
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (KJV).
A couple of years ago, I was meditating on this verse. I was pondering the first four words, over and over: “Jesus Christ the same. Jesus Christ the same. Jesus Christ the same.”
Suddenly, the realization hit me that these words are actually a name of Jesus. Here's why:
Throughout history, kings have often been given names that describe their majesty or their defining characteristic:
- Alexander the Great (356-323 BC);
- Edmund the Magnificent (King of England, 940-946);
- Edward the Confessor (King of England, 1042-1066);
- William the Conqueror (King of England, 1066-1087);
- and many more.
Jesus is a King, too. He's not just any King: He's the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. He has many names: Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, Healer, Shepherd, Righteousness.
But He has another name, and that name is:
Jesus Christ the Same!
Like history has celebrated kings of old for their defining characteristics, I believe the author of Hebrews was celebrating Jesus for one of His defining characteristics: His sameness.
You could call Him “immutable.” You could call Him the Changeless One. It means the same thing: Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today, and forever.
Think about how beautiful that is.
You and I may change, but He never changes. Jesus is not like you and me. He is OTHER.
It's not possible for Him to change. He is the same today as He has always been, and He will be forever what He has always been.
- He has always been Faithful, and He will always be Faithful.
- He has always been good, and He will always be good.
- He has always been just, and He will always be just.
- He has always been our Shepherd and Provider, and He will always be our Shepherd and Provider.
- He has always been love, and He will always be love.
- He has always existed, and He will always exist.
Jesus is the same. He is our King: King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Ageless One, Majesty on High. He is God all by Himself. Matchless, the Perfection of Beauty, Holy and Righteous, Wondrous, the Ruler of Heaven and Earth. My heart and soul cry out to Him: “Jesus! Jesus! JESUS!”
Oh, brothers and sisters, magnify the Lord with me! Let us exalt His name together! He is Jesus Christ the Same! Yesterday, today, forever! He will always be Jesus Christ the Same!
He never changes. He is Jesus Christ the Same!
Who is a Rock like our God?
No matter what you're going through today, I urge you to focus in on Jesus. The winds of time and change cannot change Him. The storms in your life cannot faze Him. Though the earth be removed and time be no more, Jesus never changes. He never fails.
Jesus Christ is the Same, yesterday, today, and forever. You can rely on Him.