Bible Study Lesson from Matthew 21:18-22 – Easter Story
Continuing into the Easter season, this study lesson from the Bible is not just about Jesus and the withering of a fig tree.
It is about prayer and having faith.
Many times we pray for something but don’t really believe that God can answer.
Have faith and receive the blessings God has to give.
A Question of Faith – Jesus and the Fig Tree
Now in the morning, when He was returning to the city, He became hungry.
Seeing a lone fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it except leaves only; and
He said to it, “No longer shall there ever be any fruit from you.”
And at once the fig tree withered.
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 21:18-22 NASB
Prayer and the Withered Fig Tree
Sometimes I really hate religion!
Whoa! Before you click out, I’m not talking about my faith or my church. I am referring to the creed in general.
It’s a fact that religion in itself has kept many people all through the ages from experiencing the true meaning of becoming a follower of God and living the fruitful life of a Christian.
Let me explain.
People who might have come to God may have encountered bad experiences in a certain church and then never attended again. And not just this church – but any church!
A sad situation because a church building should be a place to worship God and enjoy the company of fellow believers – it should not be an overbearing burden to those who attend.
His Frame of Mind – Anger?
Jesus had just left the money changers when he directed his attention to the fig tree.
Was he angry at the tree? Of course not. He wanted to make a point to the disciples. Christ took every incident and used it as an opportunity for a teaching moment to benefit his disciples — and us.
The temple had become an institution without substance, just like the fig tree, looking beautiful on the outside but having nothing real to offer.
We are much like the fig tree in that we can accept Christ now while there is still time. Later will come judgment. At the final judgment of God there will be no mercy.
The Best Time?
So, when do you believe is the best time to act?
Now, while Jesus is offering forgiveness and eternal life free of charge? Or later when we face God in the end?
This message may seem a little independent in nature and I am not a hell and brimstone pro claimer but the Bible does have to be taken seriously from beginning to end.
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Or, you can click the link in the paragraph below to discover the steps to everlasting life.
If you are ready to learn more about the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to read John 3:16.
Love in Christ
Read Today’s Verses Here:
New American Standard Bible
New King James Version