Monday, October 7, 2019

Eternal Words

7 October

 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.  (Mk 13:31; NIV)

There are three huge gates that lead into the Cathedral of Milan.  Over on gate there is an inscription in marble under a beautiful flower bouquet that says, "The things that please are temporary."  Over the second gate, there is a cross with this inscription: "The things that disturb us are temporary."  However, over teh central gate, there is a big inscription saying, "Eternal are teh important ones."

"My words will never pass away."  When we lived
on Okinawa, I was amazed at how quickly a car could rust away, sometimes before your very eyes.  Surrounded by all that saltwater, cars would slowly be eaten away except when there was a typhoon.  The typhoon would come along blowing the saltwater into every little crack and crevice in a vehicle, and in a matter of days, rust would have eaten through the car body.  We purchased a newer car when we first arrived on the island, but after the first typhoon, it started to "pass away."  There is nothing to cause the words of Jesus to "pass away."  His words have endured for generations and will continue to do so.  Not even death could destroy his words.  It's great to know there is something that will last forever. Those everlasting words promise us eternal life if we will only trust and obey.

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