by Clarence E. Macartney

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The Same Yesterday, Today, Forever (13 of 18)
Series: The Greatest Texts of the Bible
Clarence Edward Macartney
Hebrews 13:8

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.

It was seven twenty-two on the morning of April 15, 1865. The gaunt form stretched on the bed in the room in the house on Tenth Street ceased to breathe. The Secretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton, turned to the window and pulled down the blind to shut out the bright sunlight. Then, turning again and looking down at the silent form, he said, "Now he belongs to the ages."

That is the shortest biography of Lincoln-and one of the best. Yet, after all, there is only one who "belongs to the ages." It is He to whom the ages belong, Jesus Christ, "the same yesterday, and today, and forever."

There are some texts which haunt the preacher and yet frighten him. They are too great to preach on, and yet too great to omit. Here is one of them. When you pronounce it, you strike a sublime chord which echoes all the music of divine creation, revelation, redemption, the morning stars singing together, the patriarchs, the goodly fellowship of the prophets, the noble army of the martyrs, the glorious company of the apostles, and the music of that last day when the kingdoms of this world shall have become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ.

High up on the mountainside, overlooking the ancient city of Antioch, is a cavern where, according to tradition, the early Christian disciples used to meet, and where Peter preached to them. Standing in front of that cavern one looks down upon the city with its mosques and minarets, its markets and bazaars, the great water wheels going slowly around, the gigantic plane trees, with their branches bending before the afternoon breeze, and the Orontes River, cold and gray from the snow of the mountains, flowing rapidly through the city and under the bridges. That river has been ever changing from hour to hour, from day to day, from year to year, and f ...

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