Watching and waiting…this Gospel marks the beginning of the church calendar year, and the first Sunday in the season of Advent. NKJ Psalm 102:24-27 I said, “O my God, do not take me away in the midst of my days; Your years are throughout all generations. This teaching was given in response to a question asked by the disciples after Jesus foretold the destruction of the temple and the surrounding buildings: NKJ Mark 13:1-4 “Then as He went out of the temple, one of His disciples said to Him, ‘Teacher, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!’ 2 And Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Do you see these great buildings? This sermon is known as the Olivet Discourse. We believe that God is the loving Father of all kids. My fellow-elders are George Drye, Brent Flint, and Ben Murphy, each of whom also resides in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. But we don’t have to worry or fear for the end of things. If it bears fruit next year, fine! 40:8). from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. © Copyright 2021 Fig Tree Bible Studies For us to understand the verses in this passage concerning the Parable of the Fig Tree (verses 29-36), it will be helpful to have some context. ADDRESS: Ministry-To-Children The Lesson of the Fig Tree Mark 13. As we eagerly await the celebration of Christmas and the original coming of Jesus to Earth, we also look forward to His eventual return. Depending on the age group of your students, it might be good to take turns reading verses, have kids read silently a bit at a time, or read it out loud and discuss as you go. The second chance: The gardener proposes another solution that might correct the problem to save the tree. The Parable Of The Fig Tree. This is my own view on the matter. But the words of Jesus will always be true. There are actually some frightening elements mentioned in His words. 29 "So you also, when you see these things happening, know that 1 it 1 is near - at the doors! Yet, as we have seen, before His ascension Jesus made it clear that the things the Holy Spirit would bring to remembrance and teach them would. View all posts by Keith Throop. Mark 13. Sun darkening, moon and stars giving out…doesn’t this seem a bit bleak? Jesus’ answer—given to us in the rest of Mark 13—is what we have come to know as the Olivet Discourse. It would appear that there are some tough things going on here. In addition, the interpretation I have offered reflects the way Jesus had referred to that generation on several earlier occasions. You can freely license our resources under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International. The cursing of the fig tree is an incident in the gospels, presented in Mark and Matthew as a miracle in connection with the entry into Jerusalem, and in Luke as a parable. 28 “Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. Ask: What are some things we have to wait for? Scripture "'Sir,' the man replied, 'leave it alone for one more year, and I'll dig around it and fertilize it. Cut it down! A lot of things might change, pass away, and seem to crumble around us. The complication: The fig tree did not bear figs when expected. Mark 13. It’s based on Mark 13:24-37, often called the parable of the fig tree. He specifically says that “this generation” will not pass away until these things take place. ], I am currently serving as the primary teaching elder of Immanuel Baptist Church in Bloomington, Illinois, where I have been since 1993. “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 26 They will perish, but You will endure; yes, they will all grow old like a garment; like a cloak You will change them, and they will be changed. 7 But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet. But what was really most important would never pass away, as He went on to make clear. Act. We don’t know all of the details, but we know the end of the world won’t be pretty. What does this mean to you? It is HIS divine will that young people come to faith in Jesus Christ and find salvation through the Gospel and the work of the Holy Spirit to bring them to faith. What does it mean? “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Most useful and thought provoking. 30 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done. NKJ 1 Peter 4:12-13 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. It also emphasizes the beauty of God’s promises and the assurance that we can rely on Him. This is something that was common knowledge in first century Palestine, where there were so many fig trees. Jesus made this point even more clearly when He Himself applied the parable to His hearers. Mark 13:28-37 King James Version (KJV). For example, the ESV translates the verse this way: ESV Mark 13:29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that, This translation understands Jesus as referring to the fact that, when they see these things, they may know that, I think William Lane makes an excellent point when he observes regarding, The ESV Study Bible also favors this interpretation when it states in the notes corresponding to this passage that “‘These things’ probably refers not to the events of 13:24-27 (for they are the end) but the events of vv. Mark 13:28-32. Please use our childrens ministry curriculum and Sunday School material for any purpose that brings honor to Jesus. When used I acknowledge you ,Ministry to Children 36 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? We can “stay awake” joyfully and be glad that Christ will come back! What does it mean to “stay awake”? 6 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and will deceive many. The lesson, therefore, from the fig tree is this - the speed with which she ripens her fruit when she feels the warmth of summer. 33 Be on guard, keep awake. NKJ Mark 13:29 So you also, when you see these things [ταῦτα, taũta] happening, know that it [as in the KJV and NIV; ESV and NASB = he/He] is [Pres. And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. 27 But You are the same, and Your years will have no end.”, As William Lane put it, “While heaven and earth will be cataclysmically destroyed, Jesus’ word is established forever. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 3 Things I’ve Learned in my Pastoral Rookie Year. When will Jesus return? Copyright © 2007-2020 Ministry-to-Children. It is a basic analogy from nature that is used to make a point. Mark 13:28-30 New King James Version (NKJV) The Parable of the Fig Tree 28 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. Parable of the Fig Tree (Mark 13:24-37) Bible Lesson for Kids Bible Lesson: The entirety of this Gospel passage comes from words spoken by Christ. After prophesying about His return and the events that would precede it, Jesus taught the Parable of the Budding Fig Tree. Thank you for your site, I read it each week. Everything will pass away. Your email address will not be published. We don’t know when it will be or exactly what it will be like, but we can take hope that it will be amazing. In this passage, we remember that no one knows when that Second Coming will be, so we remain alert in the faith and prepared for the “great someday.”. Thank you. This is an issue we will consider more next week. Be prepared for the Second Coming! 35 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. NKJ Matthew 7:24-27 Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. 28 Now learne a parable of the fig tree. Set the scene by explaining that Jesus is here describing how things will be at the end of the world. All things will end someday. 25 Of old You laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. For now I will just say that I don’t see how there there can be any doubt that, when Jesus said “this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place,” He intended a near future fulfillment in the lifetimes of those who heard His teaching. 30 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Explain that Jesus is describing what will happen at the end of all things. Sunday School Lesson on John 1:6-8, 19-28, Beatitudes Lessons for Kids (Matthew 5:1-12), Back to School (Sunday School Lesson) Armor of God, “Back to School ” Children’s Sermon (Jesus, the Sin Eraser), “Back to School” Object Lessons (School Supplies Backpack), You can watch a teaching demonstration of this. [a] For you do not know when the time will come. 29 So you also, when you see these things happening, know that [ a ] it is near—at the doors! Every week, thousands of churches use our Bible lessons, craft ideas, printable resources, and coloring pages to teach kids the Christian faith. 18 And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”, Of course, Jesus had promised them at an earlier time that “the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” (John 14:26). In fact, Jesus had stressed the same idea when He taught the disciples about His second coming in the passage before us. NKJ Mark 13:31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. 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