The Bible passage for today is curious even in context but sitting alone; it is downright odd.
The best I could do as I explained in the devotional, was to think that this really gives us a window into the true human side of Jesus.
Lest we think he didn’t know what it was like to be fully human, and I guess that may just mean irrational.
Here is the deal, the fig tree had no figs, it wasn’t supposed to, “for it was not the season for figs.” Maybe Jesus knew it wouldn’t bear fruit even in season, but we are not told that. We are simply told that he cursed the tree so it never would bear fruit. Like I said… odd.
But here is the deal, ever done anything odd yourself? Ever reacted or acted irrationally? Made a total buffoon out of yourself? If you haven’t, we need to talk. Of course you have, we all have, and it seems so has Jesus. If Jesus is fully human as we as Christians claim, he then knows the fullness of what being human is… and that includes being Hangry I guess!
Why is this important? I think it is important because when we do silly, irrational, and odd things, most often a fig tree doesn’t take the brunt of it, other people do. This can leave us feeling horrible. In Jesus we have a savior, one who knows what it is like to be us, who offers us forgiveness because he is also fully God. It is in Christ we can be reconciled, we can be forgiven, and we can find mercy in the midst of our absurdity and our foibles. I need a savior like that, and I am thinking you do as well.