About 4 years ago I was with my cousin Joanne and her husband Scott at a Robbie Burns' dinner. Such gatherings in honour of the great poet of Scotland follow a rather set format, including a delivery of the "Immortal Memory" of the life of Burns. That particular year I volunteered to do so.
Usually this speech highlights the rather colourful life of Burns, his rise to fame from very humble beginnings, and of course, his wonderful poems and songs. However, that year I chose a different tact. I decided to speak about the power of the written word and how great writers and poets like Burns helped to influence our culture and our lives. To drive the point home, I spoke of the power of Jesus' words, and I shared final sentence of today's gospel: Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. Think about it. How the words, the ministry, the life of Our Saviour has had such a profound and everlasting effect on the people of this world, even if they are not believers.
We come to the end of the church calendar year with it's focus on the reality of the end of the world and the 2nd coming of Christ. Think of all the ends in human history. How many Kingdoms have risen, and then fallen. How many great leaders have come and gone. So many lives came into being, and then came to their final conclusion. But one thing is constant through all of this - our God - the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
People often look for certainty in their lives. They look for certainty in the midst of so much turmoil. You want certainty? God is certainty - and the power of the word of God.