Great Expectations


Mark 11:12-14 “Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. And when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season of figs. In response, Jesus said to it, ‘Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.’ And his disciples heard it.” 

Now why would Jesus curse a fig tree for not having fruit if it were not the season for figs? Before the main fig crop sets on, there are a few figs that appear on the tree that are known as the firstfruit. It was these figs that Jesus was expecting to see, and when He did not find them, He knew that there would be no fruitbearing for this tree, and that, therefore, there was no reason for it to clutter up the ground and take the nutrition from the soil that could be nourishing useful plants. 

The remnant is the firstfruit that must appear before the harvest can come. Once this firstfruit that is on earth has all appeared, Jesus will return bringing with Him that part of this body that is with Him in the heavenlies and those who remain here on earth will be changed in the twinkling of an eye, and be caught up unto Him in Spirit. Heaven and earth will be united in this corporate body of Christ, a people of two realms, the army spoken of in Joel 2nd chapter. The entire church will be taught through the ministry of these people, and come into the place where they truly have their life in Him. But the position of the remnant is unique. It is the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, mentioned by Paul, and is being offered now. It is for those who are willing to run the race legally and thereby win the crown. I Cor 9:24-27 

What a wonderful privilege is being offered to us today. By the choices we make today, we are choosing our place in Christ throughout eternity. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord! My soul magnifies Him and rejoices in Him. Glory to His wonderful name! Amen and Amen!

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