He is Near!
Jesus, in answering his disciple’s questions, now teaches them the attitude that his disciples should have as they wait for his return. Jesus uses an agricultural illustration that most people can relate with-that of a tree putting on new leaves in the spring indicating that summer is near. So please read Matthew 24:32-35 as we learn from Jesus that he is near. When we learn the nearness of something like summer, we anticipate hot weather and the sports that go with it. Jesus wanted his disciples to recognize that he was near when they saw all the things that he had mentioned. He literally is at the door or gate (depending on which translation you use). James, the Lord’s brother, would write this: “Brothers and sisters, do not complain about one another, so that you will not be judged. Look, the judge stands at the door. (James 5:9) John writes these words from Jesus in Revelation: See! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him and he with me. (Rev. 3:20) Jesus is standing at the gate waiting for the Father’s instruction to come and gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other. Not only do we learn that Jesus is near but we also learn from him again that his word is sure! His Word will not pass away. Earlier in his ministry he told the crowds this: For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or one stroke of the letter will pass away from the law until all things are accomplished. Read Isaiah 51:6 the Lord says the same thing concerning his word-it will last forever. We learn from Hebrews 12:27: This expression, “Yet once more, indicates the removal of what can be shaken- that is created things so that what is not shaken might remain.” The word of God remains nothing can shake it. This is great news for you and me because Jesus is standing at the gate which means that he is near. His word is sufficient for our lives. As we learn to listen to the Lord God through his word the Holy Bible, we learn that he is near the broken hearted, that he is near those who are sick, near to those who need help- he is a present help! The Lord God in his wisdom humbled the Israelites as they left Egypt and were on the way to the promise land to teach the people that they didn’t live on bread and water alone but on the very word of God himself. (Deuteronomy 8:3) This is good news for all of us today because no matter what we are waiting for, or what we are going through we must learn like the Israelites to live by faith on the word of God. He is near, so call upon him for help!