The Bible is silent on Jesus’ actions on Wednesday of Holy Week. That probably makes sense, right? After all Sunday’s triumphal entry, the cleansing of the temple on Monday, and a full day of teaching on Tuesday, a break on Wednesday makes sense. But, there was so much teaching on Tuesday, that we were only able to scratch the surface in yesterday’s reflections.
Tuesday ended with what is known as the Olivet Discourse. After returning from the temple to the Mount of Olives, Jesus engages in an extended time of teaching his disciples. Toward the end of this teaching Jesus refers again to the fig tree to describe the need to be watchful and ready.
Jesus is speaking about the coming of the Son of Man when he says: “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near.” (Mark 13:28, NRSV) There will be signs, Jesus says, but even those signs are not certain indicators. Jesus continues, “But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come.” (Mark 13:32-33, NRSV)
There is certainly ever-growing unrest in the world. And then end of time may truly be drawing near. However, if we follow the example of Jesus in the final days before the cross, working for peace and justice, and teaching about God, should not stop. Yes, there is a need for rest, for Sabbath, but working for justice should continue right until that unknown time when the Son of Man returns.