Tuesday in the Twenty-Second Week of Ordinary Time

Hebrews 13:8

Jesus Christ—Ever the Same

We live in a day which screams, “diversity”—well, a mock diversity, really.  For starters, it’s practically required that everyone declare their “subculture” thereby mandating diversity; and second and perhaps worse is the obvious fact that if everyone is so different, unique, and diverse, then no one can ever really standout.  Strange as it may seem, the modern understanding of diversity has brought us into a sea of the sameness it abhors—a bland, “vanilla” landscape of human beings desperately trying to outdo one another in the most gaudy and offensive ways, all in the name of self-expression and faux liberation.

The Christian shuns this fleshly and pathetic understanding of diversity.  He does not wish to standout by the clothes he wears or his hairstyle.  If he has any desire to stand out at all, it is in the realm of godliness; but then again, the godly man or woman is so humble that he or she never recognizes their own saintliness but instead owns him or herself as the most wretched sinner of all.  The Christian wishes to stand only in Christ his Lord that his blood may wash him clean and sanctify him for further service.

All of which brings us to our passage: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”  It is not diversity that the Christian craves; it is sameness—or shall we say, permanence, faithfulness, and rest.  Our Lord has ever been there.  He was there in creation as the agent through which the Father made the world (1:2); he was there when he was conceived by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin’s womb that he may die and rise on our account; and he is there now at the Father’s right hand as our faithful High Priest, ever making intercession for us (7:25).  And he was always with the Father and Holy Spirit from the “beginning”; after all, he is God (John 1:1).

And God doesn’t change; He doesn’t have to, He has no need to.  Our Lord did add our humanity to his divinity, but in such a way that he never ceased being who he is but fulfilled the divine mission he was ordained to meet.  And in doing so, he has proven himself faithful—not that he ever needed to prove such to unworthy men—but he does so out of his amazing grace.  Thus, the Christian does not amuse himself with looking different; he satisfies himself with being found in Christ, he rejoices in looking like his Savior—not in appearance but in heart, mind, word, and deed.  He says with John the Baptist, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).  So put aside seeking to be different, unless, of course, it is to be like Jesus.

Author: The Reformed Baptist

My name is Stephen Taylor, ordained Baptist minister of eighteen years pastoral experience with a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Better than that, I am married to a godly woman, Karla, who has been very patient with me since 1989. I have two daughters, both of whom I homeschooled for extended periods of time, who became godly young women, and who ran off and married godly young men, all of which is very proper. The oldest daughter has even seen fit to bless me with a grandson and a granddaughter, and my youngest daughter with a grandson, all three of whom are bundles of exceeding joy. As you can see, I am quite blessed. This website is dedicated to helping people grow in the wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through the gift of writing that the Lord has given to me. It is specifically about helping His people grow in godliness, the theme you see repeated above. I write devotions with this aim and hope that they might be of some help to God’s people. Full disclosure: I am of a Reformed bent, meaning that my understanding of Scripture is primarily informed by the Reformers and their successors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, as a student of church history and theology, I strive to remain true to that teaching handed down once for all unto the saints through every age of the Church. I like to think of myself as a “catholic” Christian, as the Reformers thought of themselves. At any rate, feel free to read, pray, and contact me if you wish, or correct me if need be. As you can see, I tend to follow the church year. Of course, I make no special claims about these devotions. I know very well that others have written better and plumbed the depths of God’s word with greater insight. But if my musings help someone draw closer to the Lord, well then, I have my reward. Blessings to you and may the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ speak to you that word which He knows you especially need to hear. Grace & peace, Stephen Taylor

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