Seeing this, the disciples were amazed and asked, "How did the fig tree wither all at once?" And Jesus answered and said to them, "Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' it will happen. "And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive." Matthew 21:20-22
As they were passing by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots up. Being reminded, Peter said to Him, "Rabbi, look, the fig tree which You cursed has withered." Mark 11:20-21
Moments like these seem to create bookends in the Bible for me. Adam and Eve sewed fig leaves into clothing for themselves on the day they first sinned and felt the curse of their actions. And here we see Jesus cursing a fig tree just days before He is going to deal with the sin of Adam, Eve, Peter, the apostles, yours and mine.
Early in the Genesis account we see God making a plan for what to do about the need for the fig leaves. We get to this moment with Jesus and see God’s plan is finally taking shape. In a few days we will see Jesus take on the curse of Satan, sin and death. But today, on Holy Tuesday, we see Jesus take on the fig tree.
Today where we remember Jesus was not just a man, but God. He embodied both realities. Today let’s remember the deity of Jesus, how He can deal with our sin, He can commission our work, and send us on to share His love, His power, and His life with others. Jesus leaves us knowing He is powerful; but, also reminds us we can be filled with the power of God as He was.
There is a holiness to God that will not allow our fig leaf clothing to cover our sin. We need something far more powerful. In three days we will be reminded how we need the blood of Jesus to cover our sin. Which fig tree do you need Jesus to cause to wither this Holy Tuesday?
Ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.What things do you need to ask Jesus for in your work today? What things do you need to believe today? What mountains do you want to move?
- Dawn Zern