Journey to Bethlehem, Our Christmas Devotional Day 7 Luke 21:29-33
Saturday, December 8
29 And he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees.30 As soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the 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 say to you, this generation will not pass away until all has taken place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
Imagine for a moment the first tree blossoms of the spring. Though we do not experience severely harsh winters here in Houston, we can still relate to the sense of hope that rushes over us when we see the signs of spring. Jesus points to the blossoming of the fig tree, something we would be familiar with, to bring us peace amongst the unknown, amongst our trials and tribulations, and to fill our hearts with hope, reminding us that the kingdom of God is near. He is telling us, His disciples, to continue in hope until He comes again.
The blossoming fig tree, and all the trees, as they begin to get new leaves represent new life. As new creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), we too represent new life and proclaim our hope in Jesus to a hurting and broken world. Despite what may be going on around us, we are not to fear or be anxious. We are not to put our trust in governments or power or wealth, or anything else of the world, because all of these things will pass away. Jesus is our firm foundation. He will not pass away; Jesus will reign forever and ever.
Let this Advent season be a time for you to renew your hope in the promises of Jesus. Prepare your heart to receive Him. Look for Him with joyful expectation as you prepare for the Christmas holiday. Consider how you can be a sign of new life in Christ to those around you.
God of all hope, let us not be anxious or fearful, but fill us with Your hope this season and forevermore. Let us rest in the perfect peace we know in Jesus and be a sign of His love and His reign in the world. Amen.
More in Journey to Bethlehem 2018
December 24, 2018Journey to Bethlehem Day 23 Luke 1:39-56
December 23, 2018Journey to Bethlehem, Our Christmas Devotional Day 22 Micah 5:2-5a
December 22, 2018Journey to Bethlehem Day 21 Luke 3:15-20