The Lord gives us the parable of the fig tree. He emphasizes the importance of watching, praying and looking for His return knowing that the time is short and that His returning is soon approaching.
Knowledge of the Law of God is not a guarantee of salvation; the Jews are just as guilty as the Gentiles who do not know of God. Those who trust in the rite of circumcision will find it of no avail. The Jew is condemned by the Law and the Gentile is condemned by not doing what he knows to be right. Our only hope is thru the finished work of Christ.
God foretells of the sin-bearing Servant and His deliverance for Jerusalem. The LORD’s suffering servant will be the exalted Servant and God’s plan of salvation for all people will be played out thru the rest of eternity despite the enemy’s attempts to thwart it.
God’s judgment of sin is not just for others. It applies to all (including us). God’s patience dealing with human short comings is not just for us but also for the ones that we think may be too far gone. The impartiality of God is a wondrous thing for both Jew and Gentile.
The LORD comforts Zion, He reminds them to trust the LORD. Though they will be faced with many trials, the LORD promises everlasting salvation for Zion and He will not abandon His people even if they abandon Him.