“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” Matthew 24:35
Today’s Lenten Devotional is taken from Matthew 24. In this passage, Jesus is speaking to the disciples after having openly declared in the Temple that the Jews’ house will be left to them desolate. The disciples, possibly out of protest over this announcement, begin to point out to Jesus how marvelous the Temple’s construction is. Jesus responds that the Temple will be destroyed. This sends the disciples into even more of a commotion. So they ask Jesus when these things would take place, and what would be the sign of his coming and of the end of the age.
Jesus says, “Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words will not pass away.” He is continuing the metaphor by using a similar one from another prophecy. He is saying, “You marvel at the Temple. It’s going to be destroyed. You marvel at the nation of Israel. Well, I’m telling you that it’s going to be laid waste, too. The nation that God planted and blessed, he will now uproot and curse, because they have rejected His Messiah. And what I am saying to you will not be uprooted. History will judge me to have spoken rightly. Do not put your trust in these types and shadows that you can see, these tokens of God’s favor that you can touch. Put your trust in the eternal and invisible Word of God, which I speak to you now.”
As we go through this time of Lent, we need to allow ourselves to let go and release our trust from these things that we are able to see and touch. We should root our trust in the everlasting, faithful Word of God. Let this be a time where you are able to find out what you put your time and effort into or even what you idolize. Let yourself free from these heavyweights so that you are able to focus your heart and mind on God and His eternal word.