The Last Wig Shop
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
The Last Wig Shop Several weeks ago, in a meeting of the downtown prayer lunch that I attend, my friend Matt Kennell who leads the City Center partnership mentioned that one of the restaurants on Main Street is expanding their footprint. He said that this property expansion resulted in the closing of the last wig shop on Main Street.
Admittedly, this was not “front page news.” Businesses frequently change on Main Street. Many of us remember restaurants and retail shops from days gone by and recall when the large department stores such as Tapp’s were all located on Main Street.
It occurred to me that while there are no more wig shops on Main Street, people will of course still buy wigs. Also, and I hope this never happens, I had the thought that maybe one day it will be said “the last downtown church closed last week.” If this were to happen, we can be certain that people will still seek God and find places and ways to worship God.
So much has changed over the last year. The pandemic has brought about change in nearly every aspect of life, and even those who have not contracted the virus or had a family member infected have been impacted. Economic, social, and even the spiritual components of our lives have all been affected.
And for those of us who are older, the changes in life over the last year come at a time when we have experienced a great deal of change already. Many will tell you that while they recognize that not all change is bad, they marvel at how different life is now from how it used to be.
And here is the good news: In the midst of constant change, and in reflecting on the winding path that our lives take, we find comfort and assurance in the words of Paul, writing to the church in the book of Hebrews. Paul says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” There is no change here, Paul says.
How old were you when you first heard the words of Scripture? When did you first read the words of Jesus? For me, I find great comfort in knowing that the words of Jesus that were first read to me in Sunday School over 50 years ago are still the words of Jesus that I read today. The lessons that I was taught about God then still guide my knowledge and understanding of God today.
In the book of Hebrews, Paul writes that Jesus is the “author and perfecter” of our faith. What faith we have is given to us from God through knowing the words and actions of His son Jesus.
Paul offers the same encouragement in 2nd Corinthians, chapter 4, where he writes:
So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.
It has always been this way. It was this way when Paul wrote the words 2000 years ago, and it will always be this way. It was true then, is true now, and will be true for all time.
There is no change in God, and there will be none. Forever.
A hymn that speaks to this is “O God, Our Help in Ages Past.” The lyrics say:
O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home!
Time, like an ever-rolling stream, bears all who breathe away; they fly forgotten, as a dream dies at the opening day.
O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come: be thou our guide while life shall last, and our eternal home.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Thanks be to God. Amen.