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Summary: This sermon is to encourage fruitfulness in the believers' lives.

The fate of the Fruitless Tree...

Matthew 21:18-20

(Mark 11:12-14; 20-21)

Matthew 21:18-20

New King James Version (NKJV)

The Fig Tree Withered

18 Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry. 19 And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away.

20 And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither away so soon?”

TEXT: Matthew 21:18-20

TITLE : The Fate of the Fruitless Tree

SUBJECT: fruitfulness/fruitlessness

OBJECTIVE: To encourage fruitfulness.


A presage is an occurrence that typify some other future happenings. In this story the incident of the fig tree, though a real story is a presage of an even greater even. A presage is a happening of prophetic dimension. For incident in the Old Testament when Samuel was about to turn away from Saul, Saul grab his robe and it tare, though from the human perspective this was a simple occurrence, in the spiritual realm it was really a presage, symbolic for something's else - this symbolized how the dynasty would be torn away from Saul family.

Let look at the text before us to see what is really going on....


I. The Desire of our Savior - He desire fruits. God desire fruitfulness.

A. Jesus was hungry and he came to the tree in search of fruits.

B. the tree had been created, planted to bear fruits.

C. Similarly Jesus expects us as His children to be fruitful, to bear much fruits.

a. To make an impact in this world for His glory.

b. To walk up rightly in the land of the living.

II. The deception of the tree. The appearances of fruitfulness to the Savior.

A. From far this tree looked like it had some fruits on it. It had all the signs of fruitfulness.

a. It had the height.

b. it was green

b. It had severl branches.

c. And as the text says, it was filled with leaves - no doubt it was green and looked rosy.

B. like many Christians who look like they are truly living for God.

a. They wear the right clothing.

b. They quote Scriptures.

b. know when to says amen.

c. They are churchy

d. They are at church religiously every Sunday.

But a close look at their live will reveal something else.

III. The disappointment of the Savior.

A. As Jesus journey closer to this tree he finds out that this tree was not what it appear to be - it look fruitful but in reality was not.

B. note some one observe that it was not yet fig bearing time - but observe that just before fig bearing time fig trees would bear a kind of fruit that could have been eaten. This is what jesus was looking for. This would also indicate that the tree would bear fruit that season, but if there was none then it indicated that there would bear no fruit for that season - when Jesus came to the tree what he observe that not only did this tree not have any pre-fruit - but all indication showed that this tree would not bear any fruit this entire season - it would only take up space, thought the farmer had work tiresomely with it all year.

C. May I suggest that the savior is disappointed with many so called believers today - who profess faith in him but live unfruitful lives.

1. They are not serving in his kingdom or his church.

2. They are not sharing the gospel with others.

3. They are not living godly lives, but sinful lives and bringing a reproach upon his bride. Their lives are not reflecting the virtues of Jesus Christ. (Humility, compassion, selfless, etc.)

4. They are not displaying the fruit of the Spirit - love, joy, peace etc.

IV. The reaction of the Savior.

A. In the incident with this tree he curse the tree, he brought judgment upon the tree.

a. The tree withered and died - somebody say poor tree - but this tree was not fulfilling any creative purpose, it had failed as a fruit tree.

B. for the believer God will discipline - God discipline those whom he loves. He will discipline to bring you to a place of fruitfulness.

a. The discipline of The Lord can be painful. But God desire you to be fruitful.

b. God will prone the tree, which can be a painful process.

C. A parent discipline his child so that he can be the best he can be - God wants you to be all he called you to be - he will deal with our unfruitfulness.

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