Summary: Judgment nature of Christ should not be over looked and the sad shape of the church
FIG TREE CURSED
Introduction: This parable stays alone in the midst of the thirty-seven miracles of Christ as recorded in the Bible. We know that John 21:25 tells us that if all that if all that Jesus had done would have been written down, the world could not contain all the books. So we know that Christ did more than thirty-seven miracles.
The reason why this miracle stands alone is it is the only one recorded of a destructive nature. Critics of Christ point to this miracle and try to criticize Christ saying He acted impulsive and showed impatience when He cursed this tree. They overlook several key facts.
1. They are acknowledging that He had the power to wither the tree. In their acknowledgement, they actually caused us to look up to Him and His power.
2. Every action of Christ was deliberate. He never acted out of impulse. That would have made been Him weak, out of control and very much a sinful human.
3. All His action set forth as an example or a truth that we must learn. As like the other messages I have preached on Bible Miracles A-Z, I will do my best to show practical applications to vital Christian living.
I. THE CHARACTER OF CHRIST
Nothing disgraces the character of Christ. Malachi 3:6 tells us “”For I am the Lord, I change not.” The writer of Hebrews echoes this call with these words ”Jesus Christ, the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) If nothing disgraced Him in eternity past, surely nothing could disgraced Him on this day either.
A. Character of Christ as seen in His judgments
“For the LORD shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act.”
Brother Forester said that judgment is God’s strange work; He loves to bless.
Through all the Gospels, one theme seems to run true. He was moved with compassion or He was showing mercy. He showed mercy upon the demons when He allowed them to enter the swine. But He was showing compassion upon the man who they lived in previously. He knew this man’s life. It had been one of pain, peril and perverseness. He had compassion when the man came to Him and wanted help. We do not why he was infested with demons but at least he came to the right source for deliverance. (I will go in more detail on this man next week.)
He is showing mercy and compassion in that He chose a soulless tree to execute His judgment. He had all right to judgment upon people many times. He had done so in Luke 9 when the Samaritan people refused to allow Him in their village.
This miracle was performed that man might not lose sight of His judicial character. One day, He will be the judge of all. Many have lose sight of this very fact. This includes believers. They have forgotten that they will one day they will stand before Him. It will not be the question of salvation. It will be to answer for their life since they were saved. One of the key areas will be in the area of faithfulness.