The Lesson of the Fig Tree
29 Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; 30 as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. 31 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
Exhortation to Watch
34 “Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, 35 like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
37 Every day he was teaching in the temple, and at night he would go out and spend the night on the Mount of Olives, as it was called. 38 And all the people would get up early in the morning to listen to him in the temple.
Signs are everywhere. You can’t avoid them. They tell us where to go, where to park, where to stand or sit, where to put this or get that, where to sleep, dress, swim, travel, and worship. There are signs of the changing seasons and upcoming events. There are signs in us that tell people how we feel and vice versa. But how many of us never really see the signs around us? How many times have you driven by a particular sign and then one day you notice it and you think, “Is that new?”, or you say the wrong thing to someone and afterwards realize you missed the signs that would have told you not to do that.
In our reading today from Luke 21 Jesus teaches us, “Look at the fig tree and all the trees, as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near.” Jesus warns us to “be on guard” and not be caught “like a trap.” We need to watch for the signs around us and know that they are pointing the way to the kingdom of God. These are the signs you don’t want to miss. Thankfully, with God there is always a U-turn sign that allows us to go back and start again on the right road, following the right signs.
Dear Lord, with all of the signs bombarding us daily, help us to see which ones to follow and which to ignore. In Jesus’ name, Amen.