The next day, as they were coming back into Jerusalem from Bethany, Jesus was hungry (163). Seeing a fig tree covered with leaves, he went closer to see if he could find any figs on it. But when he came to it, he found only leaves, because figs were not yet in season. Jesus said to the fig tree, “No one shall ever eat figs from you again!” And his students heard him.
When they arrived in Jerusalem, Jesus went to the temple and began to drive out all those who were buying & selling. He overturned the stands of those who sold pigeons & other animals for sacrifice, and he overturned the tables of the money changers. Then Jesus exclaimed before all the people: “God has said in the inspired scriptures: ‘My temple will be called a house of prayer for the people of all nations.’ But you keep on turning it into a marketplace!”
The chief priests and the teachers of the law were extremely angry when they heard of this; they began looking more intently for some way to kill Jesus. But they were a little afraid of him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.
When evening came, Jesus and his students again left the city. Early next morning, as they walked along the road, they saw the fig tree – completely dead. Peter exclaimed, “Teacher, the fig tree you cursed has died!”
Jesus told them, “Have faith in God! When you have faith in God, you can even tell this mountain to get up & throw itself in the sea, and it will happen.
“Whenever you pray for something with faith in God, then it’s as good as done.
“But, when you pray, you must be sure to forgive anything you may have against anyone, so that your Father in heaven will forgive you.
“If you don’t forgive other people, God won’t forgive you.”
(163) Matthew 21:12-22, Mark 11:12-26, Luke 19:41-48