The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it. In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!” “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.
Mark 11:12-14, 20-23 (NIV)
As the disciples marveled at what happened to the fig tree, what the Lord literally said was: have God’s faith, which I believe was the object of the lesson and why He cursed the tree, because the time of figs was not yet. He wanted to teach them then and us today about God’s faith. Jesus Christ is the embodiment of the faith of God. Doubt came through the fall. Living faith came in fullness in and through Jesus Christ. This is the kind of fait every believer receives in a measure through the new birth. This is the faith we are to live by, it comes by hearing the Word of God.
Yours in Christ, Pastor Fests Nsoha