Mark 13:28–31 (ESV)
The Lesson of the Fig Tree
28 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So also, when you see these things taking
place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words
will not pass away.
Jesus answers the original question of “when?” about the destruction of the temple (v 4). The events of vv 14–23 would take place within
a generation. The fall of Jerusalem foreshadows the end of the world, which will come later (vv 24–27). Today, we need to focus on the calling we have as Christ’s Church: Gospel proclamation and outreach (cf Mt 28:18–20). God has created
this time before the second appearing of Jesus so that we may come to faith and call others to faith and salvation.
I pray: "My Savior paid the debt I owe And for my sin was smitten; Within the
Book of Life I know My name has now been written. I will not doubt, for I am free, And Satan cannot threaten me; There is no condemnation!” Amen.
Edward A. Engelbrecht, The Lutheran Study Bible
(St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009), 1687.