GOSPEL MEDITATION #225
The Lesson of the Fig tree &
No One Knows that Day or Hour
- Find a quiet place without distractions.
- Be comfortably alert, still, and at peace.
- Say the Lord’s Prayer. Sing or cant the Jesus Prayer
- Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself.
- Slowly and carefully read the passage of Scripture.
- Reread it. From memory, determine the central points.
- Seems obvious, trees and plants, and fig trees for sure, show their leaves, which indicate the coming of summer.
- Jesus makes it clear that when His followers see the things He has spoken of, the desecration of the Temple, the extreme tribulation, then the end of the Temple is about to occur. (refer back to the original question)
- For us it is not so clear what we are to look for. Combining other passages, especially Revelation, we can expect difficult times when it appears that the forces of evil are overcoming even Christ’s Church.
- In any case, we are to be on our guard remaining awake.
- The meaning is that Christians are not to relax the great commands and sink into the easy life. The work He has given us to do, to be evangelical, that is, proclaimers of the basic Gospel, must go on until the very last day.
- “Generation” a mystery, but here I suggest the era of the Church, and meaning including our own time, will remain until the end.
- No one knows when the very end will come, that 2nd Advent and Day of Judgment, but that it will come is certain. That Day is not our concern: what we are to go about our work to be faithful witnesses of the saving grace of Jesus.
- The “Master of the house” will arrive in due time.