It is now our time to turn to the Word of God, Luke chapter 21. Luke chapter 21 and our text for today is verse 29 and following down through verse 33...Luke chapter 21 and verses 29 to 33 and this is the Word of the Lord. Let me read these verses to you.
"And He told them a parable. Behold the fig tree and all the trees. As soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and know for yourselves that summer is now near. Even so, you too when you see these things happening, recognize that the Kingdom of God is near. Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away."
If you've been with us, you realize that the twenty-first chapter of Luke is a chapter about the return of Jesus Christ, not His first coming which we are celebrating at this time of year, but His Second Coming. And, in fact, the hope of every Christian is the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Christians are those who love His appearing. We are those who are looking for the blessed hope and the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. We as Christians are awaiting eagerly for the glory which shall be revealed in us, that glorious manifestation of the sons of God to take place at Christ's return. We are waiting for the redemption of our body. The New Testament says we are those who are waiting for the Son from heaven. We are waiting for the coming of Christ, waiting for that time when we reign with Him, when saints judge the world, waiting for that day when we shall all be changed, waiting for that day when sin is ended and we are presented to Christ as a chaste virgin to our bridegroom, waiting for that day when we are present with the Lord, when we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He is....