Matthew 21:18-22 and Mark 11:12-25 cover a very interesting story about Jesus. At first glance, these passages can be confusing. Jesus is hungry, he is angry at a fig tree, and then he curses it. We might read this and think about how it could have significance and why Jesus would act like this? Today we are going to dive deeper into what we can learn from Jesus and the fig tree.

Mark 11:12-14 says, “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.”

As we see Jesus in this account hungry, it reminds us that He lived in the same human form as we do. Jesus needed to sleep, eat, and drink water. His human experience was complete. He was fully 100% man and 100% God. However in the midst His humanity, Christ never sinned (1 Peter 2:22, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 4:15). This means that his anger at the fig tree was not sinful. The emotion of anger is not a sin. God can be angry, but in His anger He never sins.

What is interesting to ponder is that we know Jesus knew this fig tree did not bear fruit (it was not even fig season). So why would he have cursed the tree? It was not out of sin, but out of making an example.