"Jesus said to them, My food is to
do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. Do you
not say, There are still four months and then comes the
harvest? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at
the fields, for they are already white for harvest! And He who
reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal
life, that both He who sows and He who reaps
may rejoice together."
Where else in Scripture are we told by Jesus,
Himself, that we are wrong about the timing of an anticipated future event? Not
only does He tell us that we are wrong about the timing, but He also tells us
exactly how much time we are off in our calculations! He tells us that the
'event' we are watching for is going to come "four months" (120 days) sooner
than we expect it to.
"Behold, I say to you" means
listen to me!
"Lift up your eyes" means pay
"already" means sooner than you
"white for harvest" means the
barley crop is white when it is ready to harvest in the late spring of the year,
not in the fall.
"fruit for eternal life" means the
"He who sows" means God the
"He who reaps" means our Lord
Come Lord Jesus!