By Pastor Jack Marbida
“Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see these things happening, know that it is near—at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”
The context of Mark 13 talks about the signs of the end times. Jesus is speaking about the destruction of the temple and the difficult things that are going to take place. The question is, “are we here in the end times?” If you read the entire chapter, you will see that the end times are here. When you talk about the end times, you ask for signs. People are so fond of asking for signs. But sometimes, even when the signs are there, you still do not believe.
The word “learn” in Mark 13:28 comes from the Greek word “manthano” which means “to understand.” Try to understand what Jesus is trying to tell you in he parable of the fig tree. Do you not wonder why the fig tree was used? This is not the first time it was used in the Bible. You hear about it even in the Old Testament. The fig tree is widely grown in Mediterranean countries in Europe. Its fruit, both fresh and dry, is very good to eat. It is an excellent source of vitamins and good for those who are trying to lose weight. its leaves are good for people with diabetes. Although these are all said about the fig tree, it is considered as a poor man’s food. In Mark 11, Jesus cursed the fig tree because He was hungry and it did not have any fruit. It was a representation of the unfruitfulness of Israel at that time. But when the fig tree begins to grow leaves, you can tell that summer is near.