This miracle occurred four days before the crucifixion of Jesus. When Jesus came across a fig tree that had leaves and no fruit He withered the tree. This miracle was also used by Jesus to teach us about being fruitful for the LORD and believing, prayer and faith to know the prayer will be answered.
Matthew 21:18-22; Mark 11:12-25
When Jesus and the disciples came from Bethany, Jesus was hungry. He saw a fig tree afar off having leaves; he came, and believed he might find anything thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for it was not yet the time for the figs to be put on.
Jesus said to the fig tree “Let no fruit grow on you from now forever.” Then the fig tree withered away! And his disciples heard it they marveled and talked about how the fir tree withered.
Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, “If you have faith, and do not doubt, you shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if you shall say unto this mountain, Be you removed, and be you cast into the sea; it shall be done.”
Jesus told his disciples that whatsoever they desire, when you pray, believe that you will receive them. And when you stand praying, forgive, if you have something against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. Then Jesus came to Jerusalem and He went into the temple, and began to cast out those who sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the seats of those that sold doves.
What Can Be Learned From This Lesson?
The Gospels of Matthew and Mark describe a miracle in which Jesus curses a fig tree that was producing no fruit even though it was sprouting leaves. When the disciples of Jesus this they marveled or was amazed. Jesus took the opportunity of teach the disciples about prayer and faith.
This was just before our Lord Jesus Christ was going to be crucified for our sake. His message to the disciples and to us was a big lesson for us. Jesus was going to His death and was expecting that this fig tree to produce fruit. We also are expected to produce a product or reward resulting from the Works provided and represented as result of hearing the Word of God.
John 15:5-8 tells us;” I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. “
Jesus also taught about prayer and faith said, “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.”
We should desire something, and when we pray believe that you will receive them and you shall have whatever you pray for. When we stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if we do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
The Bible tells us that prayers are powerful. And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he has committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. We are to confess our faults one to another, and pray one for another, that we may be healed. The effectual fervent prayers of a righteous man benefit much. (James 5:15-16).
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