What Jesus Did! 'Right at the Door' — Mark 13:28-29

Thursday, September 29, 2016

"The fig tree teaches us a lesson: When the fig tree's branches become green and soft, and new leaves begin to grow, then you know that summer is near. It is the same with these things that I told you would happen. When you see all these things happening, then you will know that the time is near, ready to come."
— Mark 13:28-29 NLT
Illustration of Mark 13:28-29 NLT — "The fig tree teaches us a lesson: When the fig tree's branches become green and soft, and new leaves begin to grow, then you know that summer is near."

Key Thought

Jesus does stand right at the door and awaits to enter into our world and bring us home. While we cannot know the exact time of his arrival, the events that have been mentioned have been occurring since the days of that first Pentecost and that first generation of Christians. Jesus is near. The barrier that separates him from our world and the next is paper thin. Our call is to be ready ... always ... living in expectation of his imminent coming.

Today's Prayer

Father, make me ready—ready in heart, soul, mind, and strength—for the return of your Son. Please use me to help prepare others for this day so that they can join in the victorious celebration of your people. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 24:36
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:4-11

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.