Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. Matthew 24:35
The entire theme of Matthew 24 is the end times. Jesus’ teaching on this subject was prompted by this simple question from his disciples, “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what is the sign of your coming and the end of age?” The disciples were curious just as we are curious about what will happen in the days, weeks and years leading up to the return of Jesus. And Jesus answered their question by telling them some signs to look for. And then we come to today’s verse. And in it Jesus is telling his disciples and us that everything that we hold dear in this world can be destroyed, but the Word of God spoken through Jesus cannot be destroyed. Jesus is essentially telling his disciples and us to quit obsessing about what will happen at the end, because when we obsess about this event that is going to happen sometime in the future we are trying to control events that we have no control over. In essence we are denying the truth of God’s word and we are, also, saying that God’s word is no longer valid. All of which are lies, because God’s word, the Bible, is still as true today as it was two thousand years ago when Jesus walked this earth and it is still just as valid. And when we realize that yes this earth “will pass away” and that the details of how that will happen don’t really matter to us, because we already know how the story ends, then we will be able live our lives to the fullest.