Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. 24.35
There are two points in life that matter more than any other: birth and death. The same is true for the world we live in; we can understand our place best when we know where we came from and where we are going. In this section, Jesus moves from talking about the signs of the end to talking about what it all points to: the Coming of the Son of Man, the return of Jesus. There is a lot of disagreement about what Jesus means when He says: Immediately after the tribulation and this generation will not pass away until all these things take place, but what is agreed is that the word of God that created the world will remake it in glory and He will rule over it. That gives reason and focus for the way we live our lives as we await this final glory.
- What part of the text or sermon had the greatest impact on you? Where were you most encouraged, intrigued, challenged?
- What is the most important aspect of the Coming of the Son of Man that we must hold on to? Why is this so important to how we live now?
- What are the differing views of the statement: this generation will not pass away until all these things take place?
- Read 1 Thessalonians 4.13-18. What does this tell us about the intermediate state? How is this helpful in our understanding of the end times?
- How can spending all of your time thinking about the return of Jesus bring anxiety and fear? How can we keep ourselves from this?