Good morning guys and gals! 🙋🏾
✝️Today we are going to be starting with the Holy/Passion week devotions. Holy/passion week is Jesus’s last week before being crucified on the cross. And so we are going to journey with Jesus to the cross, to see everything He did and how it applies to us. Do the devotion in 2 parts. 1️⃣ The first part is in the morning and the second part 2️⃣ will be sent out in the evening.
🎶Worship song for today is Glorious Day - Passion🎵
There will be a few Bible readings. Remember your check list:
🏡Find a place that is quiet where you will be undisturbed
☕Cup of tea/coffee/hot chocolate :D
The Monday of Passion Week
1. Jesus curses the fig tree. 🌳
Mar 11:12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Mar 11:13 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. Mar 11:14 Then he said to the tree, "May no one ever eat fruit from you again." And his disciples heard him say it.
Here Jesus was on His way to the temple 💒 when He saw the fig tree had no fruit on it🌳. This fig tree represented Israel. A nation who were really religious on the outside but on the inside they were dead😵 because of sin. They would perform all the religious rituals required of them like prayer and fasting🙌🏽, making sacrifices 🐑 and going to the temple and performing other rituals for all people to see. But really there was still a lot of sin in their lives.
You see not much has changed from Israel to some Christians today. Some people may be going to church and acting religious on the outside for everyone to see, but what no one can see and away from church you wouldn’t be recognized as a Christian. The fig tree is recognized because of the fruit it bears and the same is true for a Christian 🍍🍓, you know a Christian by the fruit they bear. Read through these scriptures that talk about bearing fruit as a Christian:
The life we live after we make a decision to follow is important to God
📖Mat 3:8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.
📖Luk 13:6 Then he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. Luk 13:7 So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, 'For three years now I've been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven't found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?' Luk 13:8 "'Sir,' the man replied, 'leave it alone for one more year, and I'll dig around it and fertilize it. Luk 13:9 If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.'"
📖Mat 7:17 Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. Mat 7:18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Mat 7:19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
When we talk about bearing fruit as a Christian it is visible character traits and actions that show we are Christians. Some fruits can be that you are kind, that you give to the poor and needy, reading your bibles, praying etc and not just when people are looking.
❓Why do you think Jesus cursed the fig tree?
❔What fruit does a Christian bear who has been fully saved?
❓What fruits would you say are evident in your life right now that show you are a Christian?
❔What fruits do you still want to bear for the kingdom?
Choose a memory verse and put it up as your status to encourage others during this lock down.
Close in prayer 🙏🏽