“Are we there yet?”
The Coming of the Son of Man
‘There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see “the Son of Man coming in a cloud” with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.’
The Lesson of the Fig Tree
Then he told them a parable: ‘Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
Exhortation to Watch
‘Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.’
Jesus is calling us to actively participate in changing the world. Jesus is calling us to become a part of the struggle for peace and justice and righteousness in the world.
Jesus is calling us to feed the hungry,
to clothe the naked, to house the homeless,
the lift up the downtrodden,
to bind up the broken-hearted,
to raise the dead in spirit to new life in Christ.
Jesus is calling us to not so much look for signs of his coming but rather to be signs of his coming.
Jesus is calling us to be sprouts on the fig tree of new life; Jesus is calling us to be a voice louder than the roaring of the seas as we proclaim the love of God. Jesus is calling us to shine as bright as the sun and moon and stars as we show forth the light of Christ in a dark and lonely world.
These are the signs of God’s kingdom coming near to us that we can glimpse each and every day. These are markers that remind us that we are getting close, but not there yet.
And when those little backseat voices ask us, “Are we there yet?” — we can joyfully answer,
“No, not yet, but we are on the road and God is coming to meet us soon.”