Holy ground. That’s what the first chapter of Hebrews is, it is holy ground. Any doubt as to whether or not the Scriptures seek to reveal the Christ, Jesus of Nazareth, as equal with God? Step on to this holy ground. Take off your shoes in the presence of the Almighty, and read the first chapter of Hebrews.
Jesus, the Son of God. Creator of the world, heir of all things. The radiance of God’s glory, the exact representation of God’s nature. Upholding the universe by the power of His word, having made purification for the sins of mankind by the power of the cross. Sitting at the right hand of the Majesty, having inherited the name which is above all names.
That’s my Savior! That’s my God!
And as I continue reading in Hebrews 1 this morning, working my way through God’s testimony of the Son He refers to as God (1:8-9), what catches my attention in particular is this, He is the same.
“You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of Your hands; they will perish, but You remain; they will all wear out like a garment, like a robe You will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed. But You are the same, and Your years will have no end.”
(Hebrews 10-12 ESV)
Jesus is the same! Yesterday, today, and forever He is who He is without variation (Heb. 13:8). He is the express image and the exact imprint of God and, as such, is the I AM WHO I AM who made Himself known to Moses (Ex. 3:14).
“Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” ~ Jesus
(John 8:58 ESV)
That’s why I read the Bible and read it again and read it again. So that I might, through the illuminating work of the Holy Spirit within me, know this Christ. Confident that whatever this feeble mind is permitted to grasp from these ancient writings concerning the Messiah is as true now as it was then–because He is the same.
He came to be a Shepherd to lost sheep then, He longs to be a Shepherd to those gone astray now. He offered Himself as the eternally sustaining Bread to those in the 1st century, He has the same power to seal forever all those who believe in Him and partake of Him in the 21st century. He freely gave living water to satisfy every thirst then, I can drink deeply from the same fount today. All because He is the same.
Immutable. Unchanging. Without variation. That is the very nature of the One who rose from the dead and ascended into heaven so that, even now, He continues to seek and save the lost, He continues to abide with and empower the found, and all this “by the power of an indestructible life” (Heb. 7:16).
Who He is. What He has accomplished through the cross. What He is doing now as He prepares a place for us and intercedes for us. What He has promised. All of it the same. Fixed. Steadfast. Immovable.
Talk about a sure foundation! Talk about solid ground! Talk about a Rock to plant your feet on as you seek to secure your eternal future.
You are the same! Your years will have no end.
That’s my Lord. That’s my hope.
All because of grace. All for His glory.