Last night I was reading in Matthew 21 about the fig tree. Leading up to these scriptures, Jesus and his disciples had just entered Jerusalem – the triumphant entry where the people were laying down the branches and cloaks. Praising Hosanna! Then he goes to the temple, clears out the people who made His house a den of thieves, and then went to Bethany. Early the next morning, Jesus was hungry and on his way back to the city.
Matt 21:18 – 22 Early in the morning, as he 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, “I tell you the truth, 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.”
I was sitting there asking myself, if we are to produce fruit – and we don’t will God do the same thing to us. We are told to produce fruit, that is how people can tell we are followers of Christ. When we do not do we wither because we are not really attached to the vine. If so how long does God allow this to go on? I took a closer look at this verse and thought in my head – well it must be when God has a specific need for us to accomplish. Jesus was hungry. He has dominion over the earth, and it did not meet his need. Because there are other times in the Bible where Jesus said let the tree have more time. I went to sleep thinking about it.
This morning we stopped at my sisters house on the way to church because we were running early. She comes in and says here you can watch TV, flips through some channels and turns it on Ed Young, Sr. Now I know the name but have never watched him, I watch the younger one. He is preaching You Must Repent or Perish.
We only had a few minutes, but he is preaching out of Luke 13:1-9. Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ ” ‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’ ”
So there was my answer we bear fruit, or at some point we will face destruction.