A Solid Anchor
The book of Hebrews was written before 70 AD to the second generation of Jewish Christians. They were struggling in their faith and being persecuted, both physically and socially, by non-Christian Jews and the Romans. Under this intense pressure, their faith was beginning to waiver; Christ had not yet returned, as they had believed He would, to rescue them. The author wrote Hebrews to reassure them that Christ was and is sufficient, and Christianity is the only path to salvation.
It is unknown who wrote the Book of Hebrews. Some say it was Paul, but others believe it was a close associate of Paul’s, possibly Luke, Apollos or Priscilla. Its underlying theme is Christ’s superiority over all the traditions of the Old Covenant, emphasizing the completeness of His sacrifice. The new covenant far exceeds the hope offered by Mosaic law. With Jesus as the perfect High Priest, both human and divine, He took our place on the cross so we could approach the Father without hesitation.
Hebrews 13:8 is a simple statement, yet fundamental to what we believe. Jesus never changes. In a world hostile to our Christian beliefs, He is unchanging and dependable. He loves us deeply, despite our shortcomings. How reassuring!
Belief in Christ was, is, and always will be the way for all Christians and non-believers seeking salvation. This verse proclaims the stability Jesus offers in this turbulent world, providing a solid anchor to whom we can securely fasten. While chaos breaks all around us, He is our secure port in the storm.
This message is every bit as relevant today as modern-day Christians face similar perils. Life will not always be perfect. In good and troubled times we need to cling to Jesus, and have faith that He is our safe harbor—consistent, loving, and always there. So, when we read, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever,” we can face all things with the confidence of knowing we are not alone. Christ is our Rock, a simple yet profound truth in our lives!
by Elder Ken Baldwin
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. – Hebrews 13:8