Jesus can’t be ruined. As we prepare to close the liturgical year, the Church is asking us to remember that we are now in the final days: the days of the New Covenant. That matters because as he goes into the temple, it’s not just another man going there. He started to call a lot of young people to himself. And when he saves you, he cleanses you, and sends his Spirit to live inside you. To reiterate this moral, Jesus tells the story of the fig tree, the vineyard owner, and the gardener who took care of the vineyard. What happens when Jesus shows up to people like that? 20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. Jesus stood in the outer court of the temple, the only place Gentiles could go to find God. They didn’t know any better. Nothing like this ever does. Was Jesus hangry? There’s a great example of this from the 1960s. So he cursed it, saying, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.”, If you think this is a bit odd, you’re not alone. It’s an offer to find total cleansing before God, in him alone. That’s why I’m thankful for a song like Andy Gullhorn’s “I Haven’t Either.” C.S. That’s what Jesus saw when he entered the temple. Notice Jesus doesn’t say “a” mountain. Give a Gift SubscriptionBless friends, family or clergy with a gift of the Register. The fig tree represented the temple, especially her leaders. Andy Gullahorn is a Nashville songwriter. And you don’t even have to deserve it. We don’t have to set up elaborate trading floors with international exchange rates. I’m not saying this is easy. The fig tree illustration is important because what he says to the tree becomes true the next day. In this case the fig tree story helps us to understand what Jesus is doing clearing the Temple. 32″Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near ; 33 so, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door. C.S. They decided, together, that they would rip up the carpet and the pews before they would again hinder one of these young beach kids from worshiping God. It's coming back to life, meaning that the tree is being revived. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Gullahorn’s song ends like this, showing just how foolish our self-deception is. What? A few years ago, our youngest son hungry for pears went to the bowl every time he saw it, picked one up, and bit in. So much is packed in here. It was time to act. You could eat these, and travelers often did. It was a gift. In the Parable of the Talents, the man with one talent was judged severely for his faithlessness to the gift given (Matthew 15:30). 17 And he was teaching them and saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? It was like the fig tree—full of leaf but without fruit. You get his resurrection life. He is available to us all, right now, and every moment from now until we stand before him in heaven. When they remark to him about its grandeur, Jesus makes a shocking statement: It will all be destroyed (Mark 13:2). On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. Those aren’t up for discussion. The beginning and the end help us to understand the middle. 21 And Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! According to the prophecy of the fig tree, Christ Ahnsahnghong started to preach the gospel as it says, “He is near, right at the door.” As spiritual King David he got baptized at the age of 30, and he started to preach the gospel from 1948 also to fulfill the prophecy of the fig tree. If you were to plant a fig tree, you would leave it without harvesting the fruit for three years. The mountain of dead worship they saw in the temple. 20 As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. . In this case the fig tree story helps us to understand what Jesus is doing clearing the Temple. They made a profit on the worship of God. Why did Jesus take out his anger on the poor fig tree? So God gave us Jesus. The leaders should have been there to help but their heart wasn’t in it. Jesus tells us right here. It’s the fulfillment of the prophecy of Malachi 3:1-2. Here’s the point. How open the kingdom is? In John 2, Jesus said, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19). 25 And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”. What did He say about the fig tree? When Jesus died, the temple died too. LESSONS OF THE FIG TREE As Jesus and His disciples were traveling from Bethany to Jerusalem the day after His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Jesus saw a fig tree having leaves, but upon closer inspection He saw it had no fruit “for it was not the season for figs” (Mark 11:13). He is where sinful men and women meet with the Holy God. Peter pointed it out, and Jesus responded in a really interesting way. This act of cleansing the temple cost Jesus. The second reading states that Christ, the new Temple, “offered one sacrifice for sins and took his seat forever at the right hand of God; now he waits until his enemies are made his footstool” (Hebrews 10:13). “Christ, the Son of God made man, is the Father’s one, perfect and unsurpassable Word. It wasn’t a big thing, right? What appeared full of life was actually lifeless. This can happen inside a church too. But those usually aren’t our biggest problem. It withered. Let me propose something for us here at Refuge. The tribulation ushers in the kingdom. Introduction 1. Still, we are given signs, and if we are wise, we will consider them and “learn a lesson from the fig tree” (Mark 13:28), as Christ points out. He showed us the kind of forgiving heart God has. Yet at the same time, none of us knows how much time we have left—so we'd better get moving! They were hypocrites. It proves once again that Jesus is God. Who of us hasn’t? We need another tree from which to eat. And just as it cost Jesus, it might cost us. If God’s church is a house of prayer—a house of worship—then everyone is welcome. 14 And he said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it. He said it shows Jesus as a furious man unable to control his anger, not worthy of the supposed “Son of God.”. Finally, we always hope. A. Jesus was hungry. It’s deadness is not a problem Jesus could ignore. In this case, it’s true worship. And if you look closely, they all have teeth marks. As a result, Jesus cursed the fig Last week, we saw from Mark 11:1-11 the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The Problem And now Jesus has shown up. Mark Sandwich Again a. Do we realize what God has done in Jesus Christ? The Lesson of the Fig Tree (Mark 13:28-31; Luke 21:29-33) 32 Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its branches become tender and sprout leaves, you know that summer is near. 15-19), True worship has faith in God (vv. Jesus replaced the temple as the object of faith in God. God loves to bring sinners to himself. Luke 21:31says when you see all these things happening (in the tribulation), know that the kingdom of God is near. We need intimacy. Baptism Makes Us Sons and Daughters of the Father, Becoming Beacons of Light Like the Wise Men, Saying ‘Yes’ Like Mary This Advent, As We Prepare for the Christ Child, Buffalo’s New Bishop Focuses on His Faith as He Addresses the Challenges That Await Him, Scottish Bishop Asks Catholics Worldwide to Join Him in Marian Consecration, Influential German Jesuit Behind Synodal Path Finally Steps Down. The Lesson from the Withered Fig Tree. The lesson of the fig tree is that we should bear spiritual fruit (Galatians 5:22-23), not just give an appearance of religiosity. It was the place to worship. Wars, disasters, tribulations, attacks on marriage and family — all of this has been foretold. Jesus’ answer is to have faith in God. He likely spends the night at the home of his friends Lazarus, Mary, and Martha. We will have to open our hearts to those not like us. And like Adam and Eve after the fall, this fig tree, though full in leaf, was useful only to cover nakedness. But that doesn’t have to keep him from coming in and changing your story. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in… By his death that day on the cross, Jesus brought a robber to heaven. Chuck Smith was a pastor of a little church in Costa Mesa, California. Because there was this hypocritical fig tree in Bethany that was going to serve as an object lesson about the hypocritical temple in Jerusalem. We will have to lay down some of our preferences. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. What mountain is that? And there was a curtain separating the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place, representing the distance between the Holy God and sinful man. On the beach, there were oil deposits. We need fruit. Mass Readings: Daniel 12:1-3; Psalm 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11; Hebrews 10:11-14, 18; Mark 13:24-32. All he did was state a truth about it. 15 And they came to Jerusalem. They have a bowl of pears on the coffee table in the living room. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Didn’t do anything. His heart must have been wrenched at the thought of such horrors. 12-14), True worship promotes life with God (vv. We need the real thing. Isaiah 56:7. Sunday, Nov. 18, is the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. a lesson from the fig tree – mark 13:28-31 Posted by Pastor Greg Allen on February 19, 2017 under 2016 | Preached Sunday, February 19, 2017 from Mark 13:28-31 Mat 24:32 “ Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 20 As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. It withers. print and digital media outlets, dedicated to reporting the truth in light of the Gospel and the And, of course, later on, it would grow ripe figs. Pre-figs, as it were. In the temple, there was no direct access to God for everyone. You get his life of obedience. Christ does not focus in on hypocrisy; that will come later (vv. But he doesn’t only reveal what’s there; he does something about it. Jesus says “learn a lesson from the fig tree.” This does not mean interpret what the fig tree is. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. Still, we are given signs, and if we are wise, we will consider them and “learn a lesson from the fig tree” (Mark 13:28), as Christ points out. The beginning and the end help us to understand the middle. Jesus isn’t putting himself in a genie’s bottle. 32 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. We have a hunger for true worship, and if we go to a dead temple looking for spiritual fruit, we’re going to be disappointed and left hungry. “Whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.” Here’s another object lesson, like the fig tree. Parable of the Fig Tree Speaking with his disciples about WHEN his Second Coming would take place, Jesus said: “Now learn a parable of the fig tree ; when its branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near: So likewise you, when you shall see all these things, know that it … (We don’t know it is a millenium until Revelation.) And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. Every year, we take a trip to Kansas City to visit our best friends. The Jews could enter the next level. 34 “Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. The fact is, he didn’t really harm the tree at all. 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THE WITHERED FIG TREE​—A LESSON ABOUT FAITH JESUS’ AUTHORITY IS CHALLENGED Leaving Jerusalem on Monday afternoon, Jesus returns to Bethany on the eastern slope of the Mount of Olives. Jesus cared so much about removing barriers to worship that he lost his life over it. Was it a divine overreaction? That’s why Jesus says in verse 17, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? He is the worship center. Posted on Aug 22, 2014 by Darris McNeely Estimated reading time: 9 minutes. He noticed that it wasn't bearing fruit so He cursed the tree because it was depleting the soil. Whether the Final Judgment will come before our individual judgment or not, the fact remains: Our time is limited. It looked okay from a distance. ( The gospel of John omits it entirely and shifts the incident with which it is connected, the cleansing of the temple, from the end of Jesus' career to the beginning.) Bishop John Keenan will lead a first-of-its-kind Marian consecration in his Diocese of Paisley, Scotland, and invites those across the Atlantic to join him via social media. True worship bears fruit for God (vv. Finally, We look at the parable of the Barren Fig tree in the Bible ~ The Parable is taken from Luke 13:6-9. Luke 21:31 says when you see all these things happening (in the tribulation), know that the kingdom of God is near. But true worship of God in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit is life giving. But you have made it a den of robbers.” Where was it written that it should be a house of prayer? “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. We need life. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. We can see that this elaborate buying and selling and money-changing operation is a scam to make money off poor worshipers who only want to meet with God—much like the prosperity gospel preachers of our day. And thus, the scene is set for next week as we prepare to celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. He drives out what shouldn’t be there. Verse 24, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” This isn’t a promise to grant our every wish. 34 Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have happened. How free we are? We have an amazing capacity for self-deception and self-justification. “Shirts and shoes please.” He took it down, and after church met with the church leaders. As soon as the twigs get tender, what is the tree doing? This lesson escapes the Twelve, who are more amazed at the speed with which Jesus’ words come true (Matt. He doesn’t care about how you come to him. So why did Jesus go the the temple with his disciples, look around, and leave only to go back the next day? We will have to let Jesus rule in our church. “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. When Jesus went back to the temple that day, he went on a mission. The Second Coming is suspended as we await the conversion of souls to Christ; and so, first, we must continually re-establish the Kingdom in our own hearts. 21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. (We don’t know it is a millenium until Revelation.) The lesson of the fig tree comes alive every year as I look out my window and think, “dead, dead, dead” and then every spring there comes, “life, life, life.” I know I am forgetting the three barren years of Luke 13, but I am impatient so one season makes me think all is lost. God’s glory was at stake. But stories and songs trick them and go around—kind of like Jesus’ stories and lessons. The test of true worship is not merely how we’re feeling about God. His leaves never whither and his fruit never fades for those who need it. They looked so good to him. And since we’re already talking about food, this passage comes at us like f a sandwich in three parts: fig tree/temple/fig tree. Later, four disciples press further about the timeframe of this coming horror. Well, here’s the rest of the story. Empowered with the Holy Spirit, we rejoice that he has given us the mission of cooperating with him in the restoration of the world. Some scholars had real trouble with it. There is yet another connection between the withering of the fig tree and the quality of faith. Bishop-designate Michael Fisher will officially take the reins of the scandal-plagued diocese Jan. 15. If you look at Leviticus, you find the directions Jesus refers to in the parable. User’s Guide to Sunday, the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. They chose not to put up a barrier and God brought the people. But can’t follow through because you are ashamed? Reproduction of material from this website without written permission, or unlicensed commercial use or Give me one reason not to do church his way. But he does love sinners. The three entities in the story all have clear symbolic significance. We also proclaim the Gospel in word and deed, making the message of Christ irresistible by our joyful witness. The lesson of the fig tree is that we should bear spiritual fruit ( Galatians 5:22-23 ), not just give an appearance of religiosity. Now, this story is really interesting from a historical perspective. Sermon preached for the Third Sunday in Lent, preached on March 3, 2013. How much do we care? As we see things roll toward their fulfillment, we never take our eyes off the promise of the eternal kingdom. They started coming to church. We just have to let our preferences set the agenda, let our feelings rule our interactions, let God’s word about loving one another for Jesus’ sake become mild suggestions rather than holy commands. Well, in Mark 13, Jesus said not one stone of the temple will be left on another. 28–32). Jesus says “learn a lesson from the fig tree.” This does not mean interpret what the fig tree is. Over the last 1500 years or so, the consensus among scholars was that the lesson of the fig tree and the last generation referred to the generation of Jesus. 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