Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. ~ Hebrews 13:8
耶 穌 基 督 ， 昨 日 、 今 日 、 一 直 到 永 遠 、 是 一 樣 的。 ~希 伯 來 書 13:8
A chameleon is a small lizard that can change the colour of its skin depending on how it feels. The picture shows a very colorful chameleon. I wonder what it is feeling to make itself so bright. Can you imagine what it would be like if your skin turned green when you were frightened or orange when you wanted to meet a friend? Sometimes it is good when things stay the same. But not many things do.
The weather turns cold and then warm again. We make new friends when old ones move. People start small and grow big, but then they get shorter again when they get old. Our eyes can get lighter or darker as we grow older too, and our fingerprints can get harder to see if we wash dishes a lot or lay bricks. Mountains and rocks get worn away by water, ice or wind. Even a star that looks the same to us each night is actually getting brighter or dimmer and will eventually go dark.
One thing that doesn’t ever change is God. Our verse today tells us that Jesus, God’s son, is the same yesterday, today, and forever. If Jesus loved us yesterday (and he did), he also loves us today and he will love us tomorrow. If he wanted us to be kind to someone yesterday (and he did), he wants us to be kind today and he will want it again tomorrow. If he promised us yesterday that he will be with us (and he did, in Matthew 28:20), he is with us again today and he will be tomorrow.
We might forget things or change our mind, but Jesus doesn’t. He remembers what he said and keeps his promises forever. Whatever else changes around us, we can depend on him.
Our Father, thank you that you and Jesus don’t change like a chameleon. Thank you that everything you said long ago is still true today. Help us to remember that even when we change, you don’t. Amen.