(James Smith, “The Sinner’s Doom!” 1855) LISTEN to Audio! Download Audio
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever!” Hebrews 13:8
We live in a changing world!
Days are seldom exactly alike.
Relatives are removed from us, or die.
Friends are separated from us, or become alienated.
Health gives place to sickness,
ease gives place to pain,
peace gives place to trouble,
joy gives place to sorrow,
life gives place to death!
Within us and without us, all seems transitory and changeable.
But there is One who never changes!
Jesus is ever the same.
His nature is immutable,
love to us is constant,
mercies are new every morning,
compassions never fail.
His heart is ever toward us,
power is always employed for us,
eye is ever watching us.
His everlasting arms are always beneath us!
Yes, Jesus is the same:
in adversity as in prosperity,
sickness as in health,
winter as in summer,
in death as in life!
He cannot change in His nature. He will not alter the thing that has gone out of His mouth. The mountains may depart, and the hills be removed–but His kindness shall never depart from us, neither shall the covenant of His peace be removed. All nature may change–but His nature, His love, and His Word, are ever the same.
Heaven and earth may pass away, but His Word shall never pass away. All that He says surely comes to pass.
His arms are ever open to receive us.
On His bosom we may always pillow our weary head.
In His blood we may always wash away our sins, and make our robes white.
On His Word we may always depend with confidence.
Christ alone, then, should be:
the object of our confidence,
the source of our comfort,
and the ground of our rejoicing!
For if Jesus is ours, we may sing with the psalmist, in the darkest day: “The LORD lives! Blessed be my Rock, and exalted be the God of my salvation!” Psalm 18:46
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