“Learn this parable from the fig tree. After its branch becomes tender and it sprouts new leaves, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see all these things, you know that the Human One is near, at the door. I assure you that this generation won’t pass away until all these things happen. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will certainly not pass away (Matthew 24:32-35, Common English Bible).
For some time now I have tried to remind people that words matter. The things we say and the things we right down matter. They are not said and then just disappear. Our words are remembered.
Scholarly consensus is, the stories of Moses occurred in the mid-thirteenth century BC. That would be about 3300 years ago. We still read the things Moses said and did. We still quote the man more than three millennia later. He may have passed away, God may have taken him up to heaven, but his words live on.
In recent years computer experts have reminded us we should be careful with what we say online. They tell us once something is posted online, you can delete it but it never really goes away. That would mean the words I have posted on this blog over the past year will not pass away even once I do so.
My father may have passed away last October but I still remember things he said. While he passed away, his words have not. His words live on in my memory and in the memories of my mother, my sister and me. His words continue to have life in my sons and my nephew and niece. The things he said and did will continue to have influence on each of us and on the children that will come for each of us in the future.
If my words, the words of a relatively insignificant, mortal finite creature will outlive me, how much more is this true for words spoken by God whether in the person of the Father or the Son?
I love the closing words of today’s lesson. I love it because it reminds us, or at least it should, that the things Jesus says are things of great importance. Jesus’ words are so important they will never fall to the ground wasted. Jesus’ words will have significance to humans until “heaven and earth pass away.” Truly, even beyond that point in time, Jesus’ words will continue to have power and meaning because his words will never pass away.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Joy and Thankfulness,
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