It’s Getting Serious

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Turning Point                               Mark 11:12-14, 20-22

It’s Getting Serious

Jesus Curses the Fig Tree 12 The next day, when they left Bethany, Jesus became hungry. 13 In the distance he saw a fig tree with leaves. He went to see if he could find any figs on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves because it wasn’t the season for figs. 14 Then he said to the tree, “No one will ever eat fruit from you again!” His disciples heard this.

The Fig Tree Dries Up

20 While Jesus and his disciples were walking early in the morning, they saw that the fig tree had dried up. 21 Peter remembered 22 Jesus said to them, “Have faith in God! 


This is a troubling passage. Jesus curses a fig tree. It was fruitless and now will remain fruitless. The story of the fig tree sandwiches Jesus being angry at the Temple and clearing the courtyard. It is difficult to see Jesus so angry and frustrated. The people of the courtyard of the Temple have made worship an enterprise. The tree had a purpose, to bear figs. It was not fulfilling its purpose.

The fig tree is taking up space and resources but is not fruitful. Obviously, Jesus has little patience for inauthentic worship and for people and things that merely take up space.
Are there some things in our life or in the church that are taking up resources that might otherwise be used for fruitfulness?  Do we have any fig trees?