29 He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30 When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.
32 “Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
In these couple of verses Jesus uses a parable to explain the awereness of the second coming. In the same way one knows summer is near based on the the leaves of a fig tree that is sprouting. Similarly, one will also know the second coming of Jesus is near based on the end time signs that are happing. See Luke 21:25-28 for more information regarding the signs for the end times.
This parable also links up very well with the Advent season we are entering. Advent is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas as well as the return of Jesus at the second coming. Advent commences on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. This is a great way to start preparing your heart for what Christ has done for you on the cross and the surety that he will come again on a cloud with power and great glory (Con).
Thoughts for the day
- In what way do you sense God wants you to prepare (either through prayer or fasting) in anticipation of Jesus’ birth?
- Which areas of your life are you the most thankful for when it comes to the redemptive power of the cross?
Pray for revelation: ask God to show you something of His character, presence or beauty where you are now.