Jesus tells them to Remain watchful

Watchfulness
The fig tree in this parable is thought by many to be a symbol of Israel. Jesus is teaching that we can tell what is coming by watching the signs. As the fig leaves sprout in the spring, we know that  summer is near. As the budding of the fig tree indicates that summer is near, so the occurring of these  signs indicates that the Lord’s return is near (vv. 29-30).

Jesus was assuring the disciples that, in spite of all the difficulties Israel would endure, they as a nation would be protected by God and not be destroyed (vv. 31-33). Satan has attempted many times to destroy the nation of Israel, but he has not succeeded. A good example of this was when Hitler and Nazi Germany tried to destroy all Jews during World War II. 

The generation spoken of in this passage is probably referring to the generation that will be alive on the earth at the time all of these things take place (v. 32). The exhortation to “Watch” certainly does not mean for us to stand around looking for signs (vv. 34-36). It means to “Be awake,” or “Be alert,” and don’t get caught unprepared! It is so easy for us to get weighed down with the cares of this life and forget that the Lord is coming back to rapture His own. Jesus often discussed the Word in the temple, and He spent the last week before His death teaching the Word in His Father’s house. He was quick to take advantage of the opportunity, and the people were glad to hear Him (vv. 37-38). 

Application

I do not know when our Lord is coming back, and so it behooves me to be faithful and to simply be ready when He comes. I can actually say that I am ready.

Luke 21:29-34 (English Standard Version)


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