False Fronts

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The first times I read this, I didn’t get it.  I didn’t understand why
Jesus cursed the fig tree.  I thought it seemed like Jesus was
reacting out of selfishness because the tree did not give him what he
wanted.  But then I had it shown to me what this really means.  When a fig
tree has leaves, there should also be fruit underneath.  So when Jesus
was hungry, he went looking for fruit from the tree with leaves.  Where the fruit should have been.
Unfortunately, the tree had no fruit.  The reason Jesus cursed the
tree is because it was putting on a false front.  It was blooming
leaves but had no fruit.  This is a lesson for us as believers,
because if we have leaves on the outside, there should always be fruit
underneath.  When people hungry for the love of God in Christ come to
us because they see our leaves, when they lift up our branches they
should find fruit underneath.  We should be what we
are presenting ourselves to be.  They should find the fruit of the
spirit inside us.  They should find Christ in us on the inside.   Our greenery should not just be the mask we wear out in public for all to see.  It should be a sign to the world that we have fresh fruit available.  And indeed…that the fruit should be available to all who lift our branches looking for it

 

The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Seeing in
the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any
fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was
not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever
eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it. On
reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving
out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables
of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and
would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts.
And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be
called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den
of robbers.’ ” The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard
this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him,
because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching. When evening came,
Jesus and his disciples went out of the city. In the morning, as they
went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. Peter
remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed
has withered!” “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you,
if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’
and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will
happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you
ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be
yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against
anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you
your sins. ”
http://bible.com/111/mrk.11.12-25.niv


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