And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” — Mark 11: 13–14
Bible reading: John 12: 12–19
Jesus seeks to enter our hearts. Let us prepare the way for Him and bring forth fruits of faith. The account of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem shows the full measure of the burden which Jesus bore: He entered into Jerusalem and was cheered by the crowds. He was hailed as a King, and the people were expecting great things of Him (Mark 11: 1–11). At the same time, we know that this marked the start of the Passion Week, at the end of which the people cried out: “Crucify Him!” (Mark 15: 13).
The people had no idea that God Himself had entered the city in Jesus Christ. It was none other than the almighty God who was there with them! Now let us come to our Bible text, which is taken from the context of Palm Sunday. When Jesus saw a fig tree He went to see if He could find any figs on it. But there was no fruit on it. Jesus cursed the tree and it withered immediately.
Jesus Christ seeks to enter into our hearts. He is to find fruit there, namely:
- a living faith,
- obedience to the gospel in all situations of life,
- love, which is shown in the degree of our serving and the sacrifices we bring, and
- growth of the new creation.