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“MY WORDS WILL NOT PASS AWAY”

Date: December 22

Category: Follow God

Matthew 24:35
"Sky and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiThese are the words of Jesus as He was teaching about the end times. We read something very similar in Luke 16:17, "Yet it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one dot of the Law to fail and become void." Everything that has a beginning will have an end. The book of Genesis is about the beginning of time and the book of Revelation is about the end of time. In Genesis 1:1 we read, "In the beginning God (prepared, formed, fashioned, and) created the heavens and the earth." In Revelation 21:1 we read, "Then I saw a new sky (heaven) and a new earth, for the former sky and the former earth had passed away (vanished), and there no longer existed any sea." So Jesus teaches us that the universe as we know it will pass away.

Nature in all its magnitude is very powerful. We, as human beings, are incomparable to nature. For example, natural disasters, mountains, and the depths of the oceans are all natural elements of great power. Yet everything in the universe, regardless of all its magnitude, has a transitory nature, meaning it will all come to an end one day. But Jesus says in the second part of this verse, "My words will not pass away." The Word of God has an eternal nature, meaning it will last forever. The words of Jesus will never pass away.

The word that is used here is "logos," which is the written Word of God. A Greek philosopher named Heraclitus first used the word "logos" around 600 BC. He designated this word to mean "a divine reason or plan, which coordinates a changing universe." But another word that can refer to the Word of God is "rhema," which is the spoken Word of God. A "rhema" word is a word that the Spirit of God speaks to you personally.

In John 1:1 we read, "In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself." Then in verse 14 we read, "And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His honor, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace (favour, loving-kindness) and truth." So that's what the Word of God is – Jesus Himself. So Jesus is teaching us that He and the words that He speaks will never pass away.

So maybe I can ask you, if this world is passing away, but the words of Jesus will never, then what should we make the priority of our lives? We should make the Word of God the first priority of our lives. As we examine our daily schedules, we will notice that a lot of our time is allotted for other things. For example, we spend a lot of time training our minds when we go to school. We spend a lot of time caring for our bodies when we sleep, eat, and shower. We spend a lot of time caring for our physical needs by going to work. Now there's nothing wrong with doing those things. But how much time do we spend reading and meditating upon the Word of God?

God's Word is the only thing that has an eternal value. That's why we should make the Word a priority in our lives regardless of what other things we need to do. When we spend time in the Word, we receive the same eternal value from the Word. Not only that, but we receive a proper perspective about this world and ourselves. But if we don't have the Word within us, then we will overvalue the importance of this world. Then we will focus all of our attention and affection on the things of this world, which are transitory and will never be able to fully satisfy us.

In Psalm 119:89 we read, "Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven [stands firm as the heavens]." The Word of God is important in heaven as well. Actually in Psalm 138:2b we read, "For You have exalted above all else Your name and Your word and You have magnified Your word above all Your name!" So God honours His Word even above His name. God's Word is established forever in heaven. It will never pass away on the earth, and it is exalted above His name. In Psalm 56:10 we read, "In God, Whose word I praise, in the Lord, Whose word I praise." Let us be people who will take the Word of God, which is eternal and put it in our hearts so that we will gain the same lasting value that the Word has.

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