"And yet many hearts thrill with a sacred joy on hearing the words, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." Hamilton, D. D.)Experiences may change, but not ChristG. He has got other things to occupy his thoughts since you and he were wont to meet." It has been supposed that the doctrine of God's decrees would repel men, and drive them into infidelity. He restrained the brutality of men in the Middle Ages, when, in the Renaissance, the antiquity which men had rediscovered intoxicated their minds with subtle fancies, He took possession of the strong souls, like Luther and like Calvin, who, by their very faults, checked the shortcomings of their age. Here are changes, grand, stupendous, unimaginable. We want to feel that though there are endless variations in goodness and justice, and endless degrees of these things in the Divine mind, yet there is nothing there that traverses justice or good, or that changes these qualities, making that which is evil and unjust in this age just and good in the next age. 20:21. Hebrews 13 Concluding Exhortations 13 Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. However, One there is who wears our nature, but is not liable to the variations of mortality. LET ME SPEAK TO YOU PERSONALLY OF THE UNCHANGING SAVIOUR. How far back does this ‘yesterday’ go? I apply these words as a New Year's motto, in two or three different directions, and ask you to consider, first, THE UNCHANGING CHRIST IN HIS RELATION TO OUR CHANGEFUL LIVES. Sin and provocation change us. Eighteen centuries ago it was said of Him that "He manifested forth His glory." This glory — the fulness of grace and truth — is "the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." Why, then, doth He at any time reduce us to these dismal extremities? For Him the change between the "to-day" of His earthly life and the " for ever" of His ascended glory made no change in the tenderness of His heart, the sweetness of His smile, the nearness of His helping hand.(A. And it is very seldom, after years of absence, that you hear of one whose outward circumstances are nowise different from what they were, and rarer still to hear of one whose dispositions are quite unchanged. In regard to these visible, sensible manifestations, Jesus Christ is different to-day from what He was yesterday, and (we speak with reverence), for anything said in the Scriptures, He may be different to-morrow from what He is to-day. Our text speaks of One who is even now unchanging. On the contrary, it draws men. When the heavens were opened to the seer of Patmos, he beheld that which made him think of a Lamb newly slain, yet slain from the foundation of the world. In common things we soon grow wearied of sameness, and the whole earthly system of things is founded on the principle of variety and change. Yesterday lies consecrated in memory; to-morrow, radiant in hope; but to-day is poverty-stricken and prose. That the success of His cause is assured. Here I can work, here I can feel, here I am somewhat at home; but that world will be so unutterably strange. A. He is the revealer of what the apostle Paul calls present truth — and in His exhibition of that which it is essential for us to know, and essential for us to believe, He changeth not. "And yet many hearts thrill with a sacred joy on hearing the words, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." Adams. By his glorious gospel and his Holy Spirit he is still convincing men of sin, drawing them to himself, and imparting to them pardon and peace, liberty and joy. To-day, moved by His love, multitudes are acting and suffering as those only can work and endure who live, not unto themselves, but unto Him who died for them and rose again. Maclaren, D. D.)Yesterday and to-dayS. "Yes; but you would not know him, he is so greatly altered." This gives undying value to all the offers, invitations, and promises of the gospel.(T. And it is very seldom, after years of absence, that you hear of one whose outward circumstances are nowise different from what they were, and rarer still to hear of one whose dispositions are quite unchanged. 6:37. We should imitate them in the efficacy and fruitfulness of their faith, in the practice and virtues of a good life; " whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation," that is, their perseverance in a holy course to the end. I believe he has the same kind heart as ever; but he has not in his power to show it as he was used to do." So, secondly, I apply these words in another direction. Let the stableness of His mercy to us work a stableness of our love to Him. Yesterday lies consecrated in memory; to-morrow, radiant in hope; but to-day is poverty-stricken and prose. Death has no terror for you, and the endless ages will not see you shaken; for He is " the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." Look at the scene on Mt. A Christian minister must preach the Word of God. 1. The one thing of which anticipation may be sure is that nothing continues in one stay. unto us the word of reconciliation. "Yes; but you would not know him, he is so greatly altered." For change there means progress, and the more the human embodiments of Christian truth disintegrate, the more distinctly does the solemn unique figure of Christ the same rise before us. It is the last cry of the great ones of the earth, whether they be called Alexander or Caesar, Charlemagne or Napoleon. Philosophy and civilisation had their chance for ages to show what the world could do without a Divine Saviour. 15: 13, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay Death, or separation, or mutual alienation and distrust put an end to their guidance. But when your heart is thus all unrest, need I ask, Has Christ's work changed? Take your stand on the quietest day in the stillest place you can find — change is going on around you with every moment of time, so restless is nature down to its very heart. Again the thought of the immutable One bears up out of the confusion of changing things. "He shall reign for ever and ever." The kind and benevolent affections of Jesus are the same, yesterday, to-day, and for ever. The applications of them vary, but the essential moral qualities themselves never change. It is blessed to think of being eternally young; but the thought that, while men are wrinkled, and bent, and scarred by disease, and toil, and suffering, and are subject to all manner of infirmities, there is One that is unchanged by time, and is for ever in the bloom of youth — this thought comes home with sweetness and comfort to every heart.2. When there is no allowance of evil the blessed Spirit of God takes of the glories and preciousness of Christ, and reveals them to you for your comfort and joy. And, lest we should be discouraged at the thought, we have the assurance that our association with Him may be real and close and beautiful (Matthew 12:49, 50). The teaching of our Lord, like his personality, continues and changes not. Let it go; Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever. Death, or separation, or mutual alienation and distrust put an end to their guidance. What changes need we now fear? The "for ever" of my text is not to be limited to this present life, but it runs on into the remotest future and boundless prospect of an eternal unfolding and reception of new beauties in the old earthly Christ. His unchangeableness was also taught as opposed to any change of dynasties. He came here, not to stay, but to return. Sermon preached on August 30, 2020 by Laurence W. Veinott. A man is gazing intently down a deep, still well, where he sees the moon reflected, and thus remarks to a friendly bystander: "How beautifully fair and round she is to-night! Let it go; Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever. "And yet many hearts thrill with a sacred joy on hearing the words, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." Again the thought of the immutable One bears up out of the confusion of changing things. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever.(J. In what department of this universe shall we find immobility? Let dispensation succeed dispensation, and age follow age, Jesus Christ is "the same unto the ages." The gods of heathen nations made war with each ether, maintaining themselves by the exertion of force against other gods, so that there were revulsions in high and heavenly places, and reigning dynasties were overthrown. Will He fulfil these words? Eighteen centuries ago it was said of Him that "He manifested forth His glory." Time is foiled in Jesus. These things constitute being and character, and these in Him are without change.(A. We may be troubled, but we cannot be daunted; surprised, but not unmanned. Martin.Employing the word "yesterday" to represent past time in general, we ask, who beside Jesus Christ is the same to-day as yesterday? You would be sorry to see him now. As opposed to such a view of God, a creature of fancy, that changed with all the moods of the imagination, God was declared to be unchangeable. Yesterday kindred and friends were a wide social circle — to-day but a poor segment of that circle is left. You will observe that it is not of a thing that is the same, nor even of a truth conceived to be the same, that our text speaks, BUT OF A PERSON WHO IS THE SAME. Then let us to-day promote the manifestation of the true unity of all believers.(S. The same law holds in providence. The same principle which inclines Him to involve us now in indigence, misery, contempt, sickness, and death, will then induce Him to free us from all these ills, and to introduce us into that happy state where there will be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, and where all tears shall be wiped away from our eyes. 2. Our text speaks of One who is even now unchanging. If we would preserve that purity of faith and manners, which our religion requires, we should have frequent recourse to the primitive teachers and patterns of Christianity, and endeavour to bring our belief and lives to as near a conformity with theirs as is possible. You will not sink in weakness, for He is the unchanging Strength. What changes need we now fear? All is not fleeting, Christ is the same. And to-day many of you are found among those who wait for His appearing, and who love His appearing — and as the vision seems to tarry, and as the time appears to be delayed, often do you hear Him say, "I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there ye may be also." You will observe that it is not of a thing that is the same, nor even of a truth conceived to be the same, that our text speaks, BUT OF A PERSON WHO IS THE SAME. Here is a gospel which, in every age and in every clime, subjugates and makes captive the human conscience. They were accustomed to look on God's purpose in the universe as unfolding itself in a series of aeons or dispensations. He does nothing, if I may be allowed to speak so, but arrange his actions differently, as his circumstances vary. "All, times are sadly changed with him. 4. You need not fear temptation, for His is an unchanging succour. "Look up man! Death has no terror for you, and the endless ages will not see you shaken; for He is " the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." Let it go; Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever. Difficulties will not daunt you, for He is the unchanging Helper. Our text speaks of One who is even now unchanging. W. Beecher.The unchangeableness of God was taught originally as contrasted with the ever changing views entertained when poets, and mythists, and theologists of antiquity were accustomed to weave just such fancies as they pleased, and twine them about an imaginary God, changing to-day the imaginings of yesterday, as one twines every day fresh flowers about some statue. There will be more familiarity than strangeness there, for " Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." V. LET ME SPEAK TO YOU PERSONALLY OF THE UNCHANGING SAVIOUR. 2. These things constitute being and character, and these in Him are without change.(A. The prayer of every Christian heart is: "Oh! 2. It can be said of no creature that he is the same yesterday and to-day. The same constitution of things holds in the higher sphere of man's moral progress and religious life. Hebrews 13:8 "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever." It had been so in the history of this world; they themselves were living in the end of one dispensation, the old world passing away; a new world, another age, was immediately commencing. God's changeful providence comes into all our lives, and parts dear ones, making their places empty that Christ Himself may fill the empty places, and, striking away other props, though the tendrils that twine round them bleed with the wrench, in order that the plant may no longer trail along the ground, but twine itself round the Cross and climb to the Christ upon the throne. "And our old neighbour, who lived next door?" And for ever will Jesus Christ be our Redeemer. There will be more familiarity than strangeness there, for " Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." "He ever liveth to make intercession for us." Lastly, look at these words in their application to THE RELATION BETWEEN THE UNCHANGING CHRIST AND THE ETERNAL LOVE OF HEAVEN. Behind all changes in nature we press to unchanging power and law, and feel that these can reside only in an unchanging God. Take your stand on the quietest day in the stillest place you can find — change is going on around you with every moment of time, so restless is nature down to its very heart. )Jesus always the sameT. And for ever will Jesus Christ be our Redeemer. It had been so in the history of this world; they themselves were living in the end of one dispensation, the old world passing away; a new world, another age, was immediately commencing. The word Christ means anointed. 3. How comes it that when we are pleased and profited by variety everywhere else, we are conscious of a sublime satisfaction in finding fixedness here? Nor is there any change in the essential purposes of God's moral government. He is also Priest, but He has not taken the priesthood upon Himself, for He is the propitiation whom God has set forth for human sin. Then to-day let us boldly confess Him. that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Follow for a moment THE SUGGESTIONS OF TRUE CONTEXT; remember those who exercised a blessed, loving, wise " rule " over you, who " spake to you the Word of God," pastors, parents, friends; those who first interpreted to you your soul's yearning and restlessness, and pointed you to Christ for rest; the true and trusty ones who warned you against your dangers, and helped you in your temptations, and solaced you in your griefs; who seemed to read your life, and could speak the very words you needed. The sky is furthest away from us right over our heads; behind and in front it seems to touch the earth. This dissuades our confidence in worldly things because they are inconstant. That be is worthy of our utmost confidence. His sameness is consistent with an infinite unfolding of new preciousness and new powers, as new generations with new questions arise, and the world seeks for fresh guidance. We are to imitate them, in the constancy and perseverance of their faith; and that, notwithstanding all the discountenance and opposition, persecution and suffering, which attend the profession of this faith. No, no.(G. 4. Paul speaks of worlds and epochs, of which we now know nothing, that are all to be gathered together, and seen fulfilled in Christ. We make progress only in change — we put off the old and put on the new — we learn and unlearn — we fall and rise again; and as nature and providence are never the same on two successive days, so our souls are never in exactly the same moral state on one day as they were on the day before. God's decrees may be taught so as to make men feel that they are oppressive; but the thought that the decrees of God run through time and eternity, and that He is true to them, so far from being repulsive, is exceedingly attractive. 3. A man is gazing intently down a deep, still well, where he sees the moon reflected, and thus remarks to a friendly bystander: "How beautifully fair and round she is to-night! Can He? They were accustomed to look on God's purpose in the universe as unfolding itself in a series of aeons or dispensations. Part of his great work was perfectly and splendidly accomplished while he was upon earth. While we walk on the shifting sands Let it go; Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever. In either application the words of my text are full of hope and of joy. Jesus Christ is the same in His influence upon those who believe in Him. We need not fear change within the limits of His Church or of His world. And this is not an hypothesis. 4. The same constitution of things holds in the higher sphere of man's moral progress and religious life. Intro: This precious verse showcases the often neglected, but very vital doctrine of the "immutability" of God. And with the changes to which men are subject is associated mutation, which, like waves flowing over sand, affects the condition and appearance of all things. The same principle that formed His plan of human government in the economy of time, will form a plan altogether different in that" of eternity. All this free, without money, without price, and never one case refused. The longing for rest, the desire for what is stable and unchanging — THIS IS OUR DEEPEST WANT; IT STRENGTHENS IN US AS WE GROW OLDER, WISER, BETTER MEN. LET ME SPEAK TO YOU PERSONALLY OF THE UNCHANGING SAVIOUR. Yesterday lies consecrated in memory; to-morrow, radiant in hope; but to-day is poverty-stricken and prose. W. Words had come to them from the heavens of old, obscurely referring to at least one other dispensation that had accomplished itself before man was created. No, no.(G. You might as well say that the laws of nature are repulsive, as to say that God's decrees are so. You sometimes sadly contrast it with your present self. Expressions of love must be regulated by ideas of Deity;. "And yet many hearts thrill with a sacred joy on hearing the words, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." And you to whom all your life long He has "stretched out His hands"; you who have still rejected Him, you to whom a Christian life has long seemed only a dream in memory, a possibility left far behind; to you too He is still the same. I apply these words as a New Year's motto, in two or three different directions, and ask you to consider, first, THE UNCHANGING CHRIST IN HIS RELATION TO OUR CHANGEFUL LIVES. 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