“Seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it” (Mark 11:13).
In the life of fruit bearing, Christians could be classified into five types. Firstly, the Christians who bear only leaves and not fruits. Second, come the Christians who bear the fruits for their own benefits. The Christians who bear fruits of bitter taste come third and who bear fruits of sour taste come fourth. Finally, those who bear good fruits in plenty take the fifth place.
One day Jesus Christ saw a fig tree and came nearer to it in search of fruits. His hunger could not be opacified. There was not a single fruit in the tree and he was disappointed on seeing only the leaves.
Leaves are indeed essential for a tree but at the same time, the tree cannot stop with showing the leaves forever. What God expects is fruits only. If fruits are there the issue of hunger could be solved and with new cheerfulness, many villages could be visited and ministry could be carried out. The greatness of a tree lies on how good fruits it bears. Otherwise, it will be a waste purposelessly occupying a good space of land. Is it not?
Today Christians have lavish and traditional leaves but the fruits of the Holy Spirit are not found in them. Then ‘leaf’ indicates blessings of mundane in nature but the fruit indicates the richness of the Spirit. What is the benefit of the outward look of richness while lacking in the divine characteristics?
The fig tree was also there among the trees in the Eden Garden. It showed the leaves to Adam and Eve. When they were with God, they were wearing the glory of God as clothing. But when they committed sin, they had to wear the clothing of leaves. How lot the heart of God would have felt sad on seeing the leaves of the fig tree as clothes? Alas! I dressed my children with glory but this fig tree has shown its leaves to them”.
If a son of a rich man runs out of his house and receives food from a begging leper for eating, to what extent the parents would have felt sad? So God brought an animal’s skin to replace the fig tree clothing. It was a sign for the clothing of Salvation.
The fig tree showed only its leaves to Adam, Eve and Christ who came with hunger. So God cursed that tree which was devoid of fruits. And it withered.
Today many Jewish Rabbis think that Christ was hanged on the Cross made from the wood of the fig tree. Further, their thinking is that “It is given in the scripture that “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree” and so Jesus gave His life on the Cross made from the wood of the fig tree which He had cursed earlier.” Dear children of God, may the curse in your life be cleared and the blessing of God reaches you!
To meditate: “I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit” (Leviticus 26:4).