Only God’s Word Lasts Forever

Luke 21: 5-11
Rv 14: 14-19 / Ps 96: 10-13

All that you see here – the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.
(Luke 21:6)

No stone upon a stone or throne
Can last on earth in God’s design,
Have faith, the Word of God alone
Will stand until the end of time.

And as some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, he said, “As for these things which you see, the days will come when there shall not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” And they asked him, “Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign when this is about to take place?” And he said, “Take heed that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name, saying, `I am he!’ and, `The time is at hand!’ Do not go after them. And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified; for this must first take place, but the end will not be at once.” Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.” (Luke 21: 5-11)

Reflection

Nothing lasts long on this earth. Not the most powerful kingdom, not the strongest temple, not even the greatest religion. Only the Word of God lasts until the end of time. The words that our Lord spoke were strange to the ears of His generation – but only because they were meant for all future generations of mankind to profit by. The irony is, they had the Savior in their midst, but they could not comprehend His words of salvation, while we– thousands of years later—can clearly see that Jesus Christ is our eternal salvation. The Jews in His time could not accept His teaching – they had their temple, massive and magnificent, upon which they could put their faith. But just as Jesus had predicted, their great temple was totally destroyed, and the Jewish nation dispersed when “nations (rose) against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.” (Lk.21:10)

Both today’s Gospel of Luke and the 1st Reading in the book of Revelation (14:14-19) speak about the coming apocalypse. We believe in these Holy Words of Scriptures because they are the Word of God Himself. History bears out the fact that all of the predictions of Jesus happened to the Jewish nation and their great temple (which they believed was imperishable). But our lord was not merely talking about the destruction of the Jewish nation. He was also warning us about His second coming. Already the signs of the coming “end times” have started. Powerful earthquakes, wars, famines, and plagues have happened throughout the world. And, as He predicted, “. . . many will come in My name, saying ‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come.’” And indeed, a great number have been deceived. (Lk.21:8) It puzzles me no end to watch on tv how thousands in our community are mesmerized by a known womanizer, who flaunts his wealth coming from their tithes as casually as he quotes verses from the Bible.

While many are led astray by these false prophets, others in the true Church still do not take these dire warnings seriously, and continue in their sinful ways. Sadly, only a few are blessed to take the Word of God to heart, and strive to sanctify their days.

We thank You, Father for Your Word that has made us steadfast in following Your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Grant us the grace to persevere amidst the chaos and deceptions of the world. Amen.

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