Cursed Fig Trees and Open Doors
"He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away all tears.
He will remove forever all insults and mockery against his land and his people.
The Lord has spoken." Isaiah 25:8
We are moving closer to that day, friends. It's Tuesday. Today is the day that Jesus curses the fig tree that isn't producing fruit. He's wept already over the city of Jerusalem. He's battled the Pharisees. He's already fighting for our souls with agonizing passion.
The scripture that keeps rolling around in my head this week is found in Revelation...
"I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut.
I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have
not denied my name." Revelation 3:8
This week, Jesus opens a door that no man can shut. Death is swallowed up, just as Isaiah says. See, Jesus curses this fruit tree for not bearing fruit because he is filled with passion for righteousness. He is calling us, in this week of grieving and mourning and then finally rejoicing, to pursue his passion...
but not without his strength.
Without his strength the fig tree would represent nothing but death to us. We would look at it and cry out in agony because we cannot do it. We cannot in our own strength produce righteousness....
but in his strength....
This week, Jesus is paving the way for righteousness to live inside of us. No more will we have to go to a temple and seek out God's voice. No more will our weakness burden us, weigh us down.
Death is swallowed up, friends. Weakness is shadowed by the passion of Jesus' cross. Tears of failure and defeat are wiped away with his own blood stained hands. Forever, we are free from the shame and mockery of Satan's grasp. See, there is a door before you, an open door...
an open door that no man can shut.