Mark 13:31

Present Force

 

Read:

“. . . My words shall not pass away.” Mark 13:31

 

Reflect:

This is one of the great quotes of Jesus. The powerful implication of this verse is His words are eternal and will outlast the material world. Even more amazing, these words were uttered by One who was known as a village carpenter, a poor wandering preacher. One who knew He was about to be crucified by His own countrymen as one unworthy to live. 

All His words were spoken in a time which has passed away. His words have profound and timeless relevance. Jesus comes to every generation, not as a past figure, but as a present force. His words include everything He said, and the revelation He has given us of God the Father. 

“And whoever sees me sees him who sent me.” John 12:45

Christ reveals a God who suffers with and for people. There is no other religion which presents their god as a suffering God. Nothing draws the broken heart to God like the cross of Christ. This God-suffering, agonizing, dying to redeem the lost, will never pass away.

“. . . I say to you, unless one is born again . . .” John 3:3

Some say a person cannot change, but Jesus’ believers know otherwise. He always offered the necessity and possibility of rebirth to all He met. The rescue of millions and millions from the power of evil, prove that His words are always true.  

“. . . just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” John 13:34

Jesus had a compassionate outlook on the multitudes. We are called to put ourselves in the place of others suffering, to treat them the way we want to be treated. This continues to be the eternal truth on which healthy communities are built. His words do not pass away.

“. . . apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

There are those who think they don’t need Christ. How tragic to not know the length and depth of His love. Jesus is vital to every soul. He is the Good Shepherd the light, bread, living water, the way, truth and the life. His words lead to life eternal.

Christ’s words are as necessary for us today, as they were for the His first disciples.

 

Respond:

Is pride or weakness keeping you from Jesus?