In Season and Out

He became hungry. Seeing at a distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if perhaps He would find anything on it; and when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs Mark 11:12-13).

The Gospel of Mark tells the story of Jesus being hungry when He saw a fig tree in full foliage. He approached it to look for the breba fig that develops on a common fig tree in the spring on the preceding year's bud growth. It is edible but is inferior to the main crop of figs that surely follow it. When Jesus found nothing but leaves, He knew this tree would bear no figs in season and thereby cursed it. What use is a fruit tree that bears no fruit?

Today, people who are hungry for Jesus Christ will look to people who bear His name. And rightly so as followers of Christ should have an answer for anyone who comes asking. Their lives should bear testimony tha