Pastor Scott Purkey
Bay Summit Church
Mark 13:26-29 – Then everyone will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds with great power and glory. And he will send out his angels to gather his chosen ones from all over the world—from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven. “Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branches bud and its leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see all these things taking place, you can know that his return is very near, right at the door.
As stated here in Mark 13, the second coming of Christ will be perhaps the most impacting day ever on earth. Usually, when Christ followers read passages like the one above, an excitement and hope begins to mount internally. Jesus will finally be known universally for Who He really is. What a day that will be! For some, it also causes a huge sense of relief as it signals the departure of the chaos and confusion on earth in exchange for eternal bliss.
While Christians long to embrace this life-changing event, it will not be a good day for those are without Christ. As a matter of fact, it will be their worst day. In the gospels, Jesus clearly longs for all to come to repentance so He can spend eternity with them. The obvious urgency of time pointed out in this passage should motivate us to exert all our energies toward doing our part to see as many as we can embrace this event like we will. What could we do today to help others prepare for eternity?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, time is short. It looks as if the leaves on the fig tree are about to bud. I pray we will be active in sharing our faith so that others will, like us, earnestly look toward Your coming with incessant excitement and hope.