Misinformation abounds. FEMA added a page to its website entitled, “Coronavirus Rumor Control,” because so much inaccurate information was spreading. We’ve been trying to discern who or what can be trusted for years now, in this age of information inundation. So, what about all that Jesus has to say?
This week we hear the “little apocalypse” from Mark 13. Jesus speaks of the end times and his imminent death. In the middle of this unsettling passage he declares, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” (13:31). Interesting. He didn’t say my power or my miracles will not pass away. He said my words will not pass away. Miracles we can see, but words? They require trust.
In Mark 13, the disciples had to be rattled. Jesus says they’ll be persecuted, hated, even killed because of their discipleship. But they’ve also heard Jesus say, “with God all things are possible” (10:27), “the time is fulfilled, the kingdom of God has come near” (1:15), and “do not fear, only believe” (5:36). In the face of their certain suffering, could Jesus’ words of hope and love be trusted?
Right now, many of us are rattled. We’re just beginning to experience the depth of the suffering around us. Fear threatens to consume us. Yet, so many of Jesus’ words push against fear. John 10:27-28 comes to mind: “My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand.”
Now is the time to encourage one another to trust. Jesus’ words will not pass away. He will rise on the third day and fulfill the triumph of God’s love!
Who needs your encouragement today?