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Why did Jesus curse the fig tree?

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!” Mark 11:12-14, 20-21

            The fig tree represented the state of the Jewish religion.  It was not producing any fruit so Jesus cursed it.  Jesus would promise a fruitful life for those who followed him when he described himself as the vine and us as the branches.  Don’t cling on to a dying religion.  Grow into a relationship that promises life.