This is a beautiful time of the year. All of the flowers in my wife's multiple flower beds are in full bloom, displaying an amazing array of yellows, reds, whites, pinks, blues, violets amidst the green stems and leaves. Nancy loves her gardening, and the entire neighborhood loves seeing the fruit of her hard work.
Jesus used the springtime sight of the budding of leaves on a fig tree to tell one of His famous parable stories in Matthew 24:32. He often used illustrations from nature to teach spiritual truth. Listen to what He said:
"Now learn a parable of the fig tree: When his branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near: So likewise, when you shall see all these things, know that it (my coming) is near, even at the doors"
Jesus had just finished giving a long list of "signs" of His coming. "You shall hear of wars and rumors of wars, for nation shall rise up against nation . . .and there shall be famines and pestilences, and earthquakes in various places . . . and you shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And many shall be offended and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another" (vs.6-10)
So then He points to the fig tree (this was springtime, right before His crucifixion), and concludes His discourse on the "Signs of the Times" by saying, just as the leaves are starting to bud on the tender branches of the tree, "when you see all these things you will know that it (my return) is near".
Could we possibly see any more perfect example of "they shall hate one another" than what happened last week in Manchester, England? This terrible terrorist bombing of young teenage girls at a concert is truly a "sign of the times" we live in--a fulfillment of the prophecy made by Christ Himself.
Enjoy the wonders of nature this time of year--the budding of leaves and the blooming of flowers. Summer is near! And remember that Jesus used the onset of the summer season to teach us a lesson about His Second Coming. Truly it is "near, even at the doors".