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

Sunday, September 29, 2024

[Jesus continued,] "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 [the Son of Man's] return is very near, right at the door."
— Mark 13:28-29 NLT

Key Thought

Jesus does stand right at the door and waits to enter into our world again 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 after his resurrection and that first generation of Christians. Jesus is near. The barrier that separates 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 that 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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Illustration of Mark 13:28-29 NLT —  In the same way, when you see all these things taking place, you can know that [the Son of Man's] return is very near, right at the door.

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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