Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
In this post I’m asking the question…
When is everything “accomplished”?
Judging only based on what Jesus says in this passage, at the same time everything is accomplished, heaven and earth will disappear. Given the ‘everlasting-ness’ of God is it even possible to entertain the thought of a time when heaven and earth will cease to exist? Again, for our answer, we must look to Jesus himself.
In Matthew 24 Jesus says that, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” Obviously, Jesus believes that all of creation will one day cease to exist, but the covenant (God’s promised word) will never disappear. This belief is consistent with Revelation 21.
In Revelation 21 the old earth and the old heaven pass away and are replaced by a new heaven and a new earth. In this new heaven and new earth there is no temple and there is no sun. The text tells us that “[God] will dwell with them, and they shall be His people.”
We won’t need places to worship God because God will be ever-present. We won’t need light because the glory of God and the Lamb will be our light.
I believe that this time is now. I believe that the old heaven and old earth are dying, right now. I believe that the new heaven and new earth are breaking through, right now. I believe this because I believe that everything was “accomplished” at the cross.
“It is finished,” are the words Jesus spoke in his last breath.
In the moment when Jesus died on the cross, God’s covenant with Noah was fulfilled. With Jesus’ death, God upheld his promise that he would not wipe out the human race again; rather he would seek redemption for them.
In the moment when Jesus died on the cross, God’s covenant with Abraham was fulfilled. With Jesus’ death, God unleashed the Spirit to live among us as our God.
The covenants have been fulfilled. God dwells among us. Christ is ever present.
Sure, pain and suffering are still present in our world. WE are not yet to the new heaven and new earth, but that doesn’t mean that God is not there yet. I mean, if you want to get specific (young earth creationists look away) 5 days to God (according to Genesis) TECHNICALLY took four billion five hundred and thirty-seven million earth years (that looks like this 4,537,000,000) according to geological dating.
Scientific estimates point to the sun lasting only another 5 billion years. To God, that’s a little over a week. Could it be possible that by combining scientific thought and biblical theology, we are only days away from experiencing ‘Heaven’? I’m making the argument that we are.
Jesus accomplished everything when he died on the cross, he kept the covenants when he died on the cross, he fulfilled the Law and the prophets when he died on the cross, and when we love our neighbor as ourselves he says to us, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.”
When we love our neighbor as ourselves I would venture to say that we are bringing the Kingdom of God to earth, here and now.