5 December 2007Matthew 24:23-35
"They will gather his elect from the four winds... From the fig tree learn its lesson." (v. 31-32)
In the last week of his life, Jesus warns his disciples that
there will be not only trying times, but there will also be those
who would actively seek to lead people the wrong way, who would be
false to the teachings of Christ and who spiritually steal and mug
those who were seeking the truth. The wilderness was a place of
bandits and we will not have to look for Christ hiding away. When
Christ comes again it will be perfectly obvious and the whole world
In my garden I have a variety of plants - a fig tree and olive tree and plants from Asia, America and the Southern hemisphere. Although spring comes at different times in those continents, they all manage to respond to the British spring at the same time. Whilst there may be a few days between the leaves arriving, they essentially come into leaf or start the cycle for fruit at the right time. They retain the characteristics and essential nature of a Mediterranean or Asian tree; they don't suddenly take on the appearance of my classic British plants. I often think how boring my garden would be without this variety.
We all have our seasons and we all bear fruit or flowers. We all have our place in the garden. The lesson I have learned from a variety of plants is the need to locate them in the right place, feed them the right food and wait for my little piece of the world to fulfil its promise. I have only one olive this year, but that makes it all the more special.
What are your false prophets?
Where are you looking to see Christ?