Pastor on Sunday said something about “generation”. It was one of those Sundays where my attention span wavered. Something akin to: “we are Christ’s generation.” And when he spoke that Scripture came to mind:

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. – Matthew 24:34-35

To truly grasp this tiny section please read all of Matthew. Jesus is speaking of the End Times. In this passage, however, I always believed that the generation He referred to would be the generation that saw Israel become a nation. May 18, 1948. A generation of people may live from 80 to even 100 years.

But when you look at the Blue Letter Bible concordance we see a different perspective of the word generation.

Outline of Biblical Usage:
1 fathered, birth, nativity
2 that which has been begotten, men of the same stock, a family
-1 the several ranks of natural descent, the successive members of a genealogy
-2 metaph. a group of men very like each other in endowments, pursuits, character
–1 esp. in a bad sense, a perverse nation
3 the whole multitude of men living at the same time
4 an age (i.e. the time ordinarily occupied be each successive generation), a space of 30 – 33 years

So this “generation” could mean everyone who has accepted that Jesus Christ is Lord and is a child of God.

“This generation shall not pass away until all theses things take place.” What does it mean to us now?