Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His disciples heard it … When evening had come, He went out of the city. Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.” (Mark 11:12-14, 19-21)
His Humanity And His Divinity
The nature of the human side of Jesus and the understanding of His divine side are two ideals that are difficult to grasp. From our vantage point we are bound by human perceptions that make it confusing when trying to see Jesus as 100% human and 100% divine. Most folk will not deny this but have trouble trying to explain it. Whether we are able to explain it to the satisfaction of all men is tentative at best. There are stories in the life of Jesus that offer a glimpse into unraveling the nature of Jesus presence.
In our story today we find a clear pattern of the human character of Jesus. He was hungry. This is a feeling responsive to the physical needs of a fleshly body. Secondly His eyesight was limited to His ability to know things without seeing them. He saw a fig tree from afar without the divine perception of whether it had fruit or not. Third, Jesus walked over to where the tree was thinking there was fruit on the tree. All of these points show the humanity of the Son of God in the flesh.
We also see His divine character. Finding no fruit on the tree He pronounces a curse on the tree that it would never bear fruit. The next day the inquiring disciples found the fig tree had dried up from its roots. It was dead. Jesus did not pour poison on the tree. He spoke words to the tree and it died. This is His divine power.
Jesus humanity and His divinity are wrapped in one blanket of authority given to Him by the Father. He was made like the creature of flesh so that we can know Him as our Savior. His divine character gives me the promise of redemption because He is the Son of God. The fig tree tells me so. Thank you Lord.