Mark 13:28-31: Enduring words.

“28 ‘Now learn this lesson from the fig-tree: as soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 29 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door. 30 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. ” NIV UK

Jesus gave the disciples signs to look out for before the destruction of Jerusalem. They were like the new leaves on a fig tree that indicate the arrival of Summer. Jesus knew that His ‘’generation’’ of Jews would not die out before these things happened. The words of Jesus are utterly true and trustworthy. The very universe will disappear (certainly in its present form) but the words of the Lord will abide. They are powerful words; indestructible words. In fact, the entire universe is upheld by Christ’s ‘’powerful word’’ (Hebrews 1:4).

This surely means, then, that disciples of Jesus should immerse themselves in the gospels.

‘The content of the Gospels should be explained and brought to life in such a way that the Gospels become a permanent presence and possession of the mind of the disciple.’ Dallas Willard: ‘The Divine Conspiracy’, p.366.

PRAYER: Help me, dear Lord, to live deeply in your Word, and may it continually change my life.