Christ - "the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever"

 

H.P. Liddon

 


He is at this moment all that He was eighteen centuries ago, all that He has been to our Fathers, all that He will be to our children. He is the Divine and infallible Teacher, the Healer and Pardoner of sin, the Source of all graces, the Conqueror of Satan and of death -- now, as of old, and as in years to come. Now as heretofore He is "able to save unto the uttermost them that come unto God by him;" now as on the day of His triumph over death, "He opens the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers;" now as in the first age of the Church He it is "that hath the key of David, that openeth and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth." He is ever the same; but, as the children of time, whether for good or evil, we move onwards in perpetual change. The hours of life pass, they do not return; they pass, yet they are not forgotten. But the present is our own; we may resolve, if we will, to live as men who live for the glory of an Incarnate God. Brethren, you shall not repent it, if when life's burdens press heavily, and especially at that solemn hour, when human help must fail, you are able to lean with strong confidence on the arm of an Almighty Saviour. May He in deed and truth be with you, alike in your pilgrimage through this world, and when that brief journey is drawing to its close! May you, sustained by His presence and aid, so pass through the valley of the shadow of death as to fear no evil, and to find, at the gate of the eternal world, that all the yearnings of faith and hope are to be more than satisfied by the vision of the Divine "King in His beauty!"

 


The Divinity of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. H.P. Liddon. Pickering & Inglis LTD. 29 Ludgate Hill, London, England. E.C.4 No date. Pages 210.