Fate of the Fruitless

We have a valuable lesson in Mark 11:11-14: “And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when He had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, He went out unto Bethany with the twelve. And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, He was hungry: and seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, He came, if haply He might find any thing thereon: and when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not (yet). And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And His disciples heard it.” Jesus made what we call His “Triumphal Entry: into Jerusalem. He went, with His disciples, to take a look at the temple and then they returned to Bethany. The next day, on the way back to Jerusalem, Jesus was hungry. Seeing a fig tree off in the distance, He approached, seeking some fruit. Sadly, the only thing He saw was leaves, no fruit! He spoke to the tree, stating that no man will gather fruit from it, forever! This was heard by His disciples. The main point of this lesson is to let us know that all who are born again will bear some fruit. Little or a lot, there will be fruit from God’s children. The fate of the fruitless awaits the unsaved. They have no spiritual fruit to minister to others or to God! Robert C. Marquis musically expressed this tragedy in his hymn: “Leaves, Only Leaves, Was the Fig Tree’s Crown” This is how he expressed this awful fate: “”Leaves, only leaves, was the fig-tree’s crown, tho’ it promised ripe fruitage as well; leaves, withered leaves, ah! so parched and brown.  A sad story of life they tell. Useless and wasted its years have all been, why should it longer be spared? Leaves, only leaves, leaves, only leaves,  Jesus has passed, and found leaves, only leaves. Leaves, only leaves, will the Master find if perchance He may pass me today; leaves, only leaves, and no fruit entwined, will my Lord be compelled to say? Hungry and weary He comes to my door, will He find fruit, and abide? Leaves, only leaves, leaves, only leaves, gath’ring time’s past, and I’ve leaves, only leaves. Leaves, only leaves, after years of care, has God’s goodness been wasted on me; leaves only leaves, shall this be my share from God’s hand thro’ eternity? Vainly He sendeth me blessings each day, vainly He cometh, to find leaves, only leaves, leaves, only leaves, gath’ring time’s past, and I’ve leaves, only leaves.Selah! Those who are abiding in the Vine will bear fruit! No root; no fruit!   Ron

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