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Jesus is Our Only Path to Righteousness!
Matthew 21:18-20 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Curses a Fig Tree
18 Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. 19 Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered.
20 When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” they asked. Tue. September 1 - Matthew 21:18-20
We are used to Jesus working miracles that provide, such as the feeding of the
5,000, all his healings, or turning water into wine. Here he is destroying something! That seems a bit shocking and unusual. If this fig tree did not have fruit on it, shouldn’t Jesus have miraculously produced it? Why curse the tree and cause it to wither away? The fig tree represents Jerusalem and the Temple that the Jewish people hoped would be their righteousness. But Jesus rejects it all completely. He is not interested in a short-term revolutionary solution to the political oppression of
the Jewish people. He is interested in destroying anything and everything they/we
put their/our faith in and raising them/us to a new life of faith in Him alone. In
other words, Jesus has actually come to destroy idols. The only path to a new and
righteous life is through his death and resurrection for you.