Walking with Jesus during his last week on earth
Holy Tuesday – Jesus Curses a Fig Tree
Written by William Mwaura, Chadwell Heath Baptist Church
Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered. When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” they asked. Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (Matthew 21:18-22 NIV)
Jesus spotted a fig tree that was full of covering of leaves. Its foliage was a sign that it had figs. But to His disappointment there were none. The tree not only failed to produce fruit but also gave an impression of being fruitful but having no evidence of it. He was disappointed and cursed it and immediately the tree withered.
It is surprising how Jesus answered His disciples when asked to explain the miracle; He quickly twists the subject and talks about faith and prayer. He was telling them they will be the agents of transforming people to come to the Kingdom of God. They will be the nucleus of Christ-followers that will extend branches worldwide and brings forth fruit from all nations. Jesus teaches here that; they will do this by the power of faithful prayers.
Jesus may we learn and know the importance of faithful prayer in our walk with you. May the Holy Spirit help us bear the fruit of love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control and help us bring many people to your Kingdom.