“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.”
~Matthew 24.35; Mark 13.31
These are the closing words of Jesus’ parable of the fig tree and it reassures me to know this, that the words of Jesus Christ will not perish, that His words will never die. Though expressed as a part of a teaching on the coming of the Son of Man, the sightings of those who appeared to be the Messiah because of the large crowds that gathered or the lengthy credentials of those they surrounded to hear versus the arrival of the true Son of Man who comes after “the tribulation” wherein “the sun will be darkened and the moon will not shed its light; the stars will fall from the sky and the celestial powers will be shaken,” I am grateful for this truth (Matthew 24.29).
Today, though conversations are condensed to Facebook status updates, the micro-blogging of Twitter users, the abbreviated words of text messages sent ironically from the same device that we use to actually talk to a person, it suggests that we still have lots to talk about and are sharing much more than we ever have. We are self-publishing and becoming writers with the simple click of a button on sites such as this one. And though it has been said that nothing is ever truly gone if provided to the Internet, with tweets and text messages and status updates coming in so frequently that it stalls and in some cases, crashes the very systems set up to contain them, what we say, what we feel and what we believe to be true is constantly changing.
Yes, the world wide web may have our words but when they are brought to our attention, we can now point to our Facebook timeline and say, “Well, that’s what I felt or believed last year. I don’t feel that way anymore. I’ve changed.” We could very easily point to the latest or the last word that we have texted, tweeted or posted as our Facebook status as proof.
Eugene Peterson’s interpretation of the passage as recorded in The Message says, “Sky and heaven will wear out; my words won’t wear out.” The words of Christ are always employable, always useful. Our words may get old, our sayings out of style, our words from years past no longer a true representation of our character and beliefs but the words of Christ remain faithful. Jesus remains “the same yesterday, today and forever” and He will always feel the same way about us. His love for us will never wears out. And no matter what comes or who goes, His words will always be around for us.
Race will pass away; its stereotypes and slurs will change and be applied to different cultural groups as time passes. Its prejudices are not dependable as some persons do not apply to its generalizations. Its categories and social colors are not all- inclusive. Its words are not always true. Oh, but our God is faithful and His words are true.
Race is not the alpha as it was not in the beginning with God neither does it serve as our creator. We are not made in its image and its words did not form us. But, race is also not the omega. It is not the end of us; race has no place for us after death. When heaven and earth pass away, race will not be left standing. God will still be speaking; Christ’s words will still be present and race will not be a part of the conversation.