How Is Jesus the Same Yesterday, Today, and Forever?

Jesus is now and forever. He has no reason to change because He was God in the flesh. He cannot change. However, we are living in a world that is constantly changing, and as it continues to change and eventually passes away, Jesus will never change.

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Published Oct 06, 2020
How Is Jesus the Same Yesterday, Today, and Forever?

God is unchanging (Malachi 3:6), but we, as humans, do change. We grow in the good things and grow in the not so good things. When sin hit this world, the world became our immediate influence instead of God. Jesus was born and grew up just like us — as he strived to please His Father, so should we strive to be like Jesus and His character.

Overall, what really matters is knowing that even though we are changing, Jesus never has nor will he ever change, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).

The Word of God Will Never Fade nor Change

In Isaiah 40:8, the Bible states, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” So, if the Word that Jesus Christ spoke of in the Bible does not wither away, then we know that Jesus does not change.

There is more of an explanation of how Jesus, the Word, became flesh. In John 1:1-5, the Bible states,

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 

The Word of God is so important to have to understand God. Jesus was an infant and then became a man. But His character, and who He was and is, will never change.

So, what does this mean for us? We are living in a world that is constantly changing. The way we think, act, and speak is changing. The world’s customs and societal culture stay the same until one day these things are altered. We are influenced by so much of this world that we forget sometimes that our focus should not be on this world at all.

In Matthew 24:35, Jesus speaks about the future and how soon heaven and earth will pass away, but His words will not. So even though this world will continue to change and eventually pass away, Jesus will never change.

In 2 Corinthians 5:17, the Bible states, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” Jesus gave us life again when He gave His on the cross.

The words that He spoke brought and still brings life to our lives. Jesus took our burdens and died with them that day. How wonderful and glorious it is to have a God who was willing to die for us when we didn’t deserve it at all.

Jesus Is Forever

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

In life, we balance many things like our family, spouses, and jobs. This life is full of tasks and adventures that awaits us. But in reality, if we are so absorbed with everything that grabs our attention, then how do we balance God?

Jesus said that He is “the way, and the truth, and the life” in John 14. That is the truth. If God’s Word says that we cannot go to the Father without knowing and accepting Jesus Christ as our savior, then our lives are really what we spend time on.

We are what we give our attention most to. Sometimes, life sneaks up on us and we begin to let God fade into the background. We won’t really know if Jesus is the same if we continue to let our lives control us. How can we know that Jesus is enough for us?

Well, in John chapter 14:8, Philip states, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” Jesus performed miracles and showed the disciples, on many occasions, that He was the Son of God. But even in all of that, still, the disciples had a hard time believing that the Father was truly in Jesus.

So, if we take this example and apply it to our lives, then we will see, if we so truly believe, that Jesus is Lord. We will see if we truly believe that Jesus never changes because God never changes, as stated above.

Jesus Is Now

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’”

And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him (John 1:14-18).

God’s Word is the truth. Jesus was alongside God the Creator of all things including God’s Word. The Bible says that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” As stated earlier in John 1, Jesus was at the beginning of it all. Nothing can ever change if we truly know God and read His Word.

Jesus is now and forever. He has no reason to change because He was God in the flesh. He cannot change. The only thing that needs changing is us. That is why we go through the process of sanctification (John 17:17). Therefore, through this process of cleansing and renewal of the mind, we become more like Jesus and less like the world.

We have a more difficult time understanding Jesus when we live and think as the world does. We cannot see that Jesus isn’t like everyone else. He loves you with no conditions (1 Corinthians 13). So, it’s important to spend time with Him and to see for ourselves that He will never change.

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Rebecca Mashburn (Gordon) has a wonderful husband named Joseph. She has a blog, Trust. Lean, Seek and is working on becoming what God is calling her to. She has a bachelor's in psychology and hopes to one day pursue a degree in biblical counseling. Rebecca loves to be in nature, especially in springtime, and she loves to travel. She has a loving family and hopes one day to have children of her own.


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