Friday, December 10, 2010

My Words will not Pass Away


“My words will not pass away” (Mark 13:31)

There is no escaping the reality of Christ’s return. Jesus promised that one day he would return to take his elect home to be with him for all eternity. Jesus is teaching in Mark 13 about his return. He is speaking about the warning signs of the end of the age. But even in the end of the age he gives us the assurance: “My words will not pass away.”

We cannot fully grasp the scene of what will take place at the return of Christ. We know from this passage that “the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven” (Mark 13:24-27). I read this as a literal account of these events in cosmos taking place. This is a hard event to grasp in my finite mind but there are few things that are not cloudy to me at all. First, Christ is coming back. As I said early, there is not escaping this truth. Second, there will be a dividing between those who are Christ’s and those who have rejected him. Third, God’s words will not pass away.

First, it is clear from verse 26 that God’s Word says, “They will see the Son of Man coming.” There will be no doubt in this moment. All will see the promised return of Christ fulfilled. This will be the same Jesus who humbly came as a babe born in Bethlehem now coming with “great power and glory.”

Second, this moment will be the joy of God’s people as they see with their eyes the promise fulfilled but it will also be the great dread of those who continually rejected the King of kings. The elect will be gathered by the angels and brought into eternal bliss while those who placed their faith solely in themselves will be cast into eternal torment.

Third, God’s words will not pass away. God’s words are eternal. This is why Scriptures ought to be the Christians most valuable possession on earth. This is true for the single fact that it reveals to us who God is and what his will is for our lives. These are words of eternal life. “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever” (Isaiah 40:8).

Reader, are you ready for this day? "Concerning that day or that hour, no one knows...Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come" (Mark 13:32-33). Which side of the dividing line are you on? Do you love Christ or do you reject Christ? If you reject Christ may I plead with you to confess your sin and repent of your sin and put your trust in his atoning work upon the cross. Lastly, are you clinging to the words that will never pass away? We have a precious gift in Christ and he promises: "My words will not pass away." May we desire to know his words more and more.

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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