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July 15, 2013 | By | No Comments

As Jesus prepares to enter Jerusalem, He instructs His disciples to get a donkey, for “The Lord has need of it.”  It is a strange story, except the donkey is necessary for Jesus to fulfill the prophesy of God’s King entering Jerusalem on a donkey.  Yet, when you study it in the context of the chapter you realize how insightful it is.  “The Lord has need of it.”  Jesus has need of you and need of His people.

The next day, after Jesus has entered Jerusalem hailed as KING, He is hungry and looks for fruit on a fig tree.  When He finds the tree has no fruit, He curses it.  The following day the disciples discover the fig tree has dried up, withered away, and they marvel at this sight.  Jesus then instructs them on faith, prayer and forgiveness.  The deeper meaning for us is that the fig tree represented the religious system of Israel.  It failed to produce fruit for God’s kingdom.  It was corrupt and full of hypocritical leaders.  It is the mountain He has cursed and cast into the sea., as quoted from Zechariah 4:7 and stated in Mark 11:23.

Jesus had need of the religious system God had implemented in Israel, but His leaders failed in their understanding and practice of what God had ordained.  It was fruitless and barren, thus their “house would be left desolate,” Mat. 23:38.  Take heed, Jesus is not cursing Israel as God’s people, but the corrupt religious system of Israel.  Jesus is emphasizing His need to redeem the world and the importance of what He looks for in His people.  In the mystery of God’s plan, He has need of His people!  When they fail, He takes it very seriously and pronounces judgment.  So, He has come to replace this false religious system with Himself as the heart of relating to God.

This is reenforced by His actions of going into the temple and cleansing it of the misuse and greed of the people.  The temple is the heart of the religious system where the Presence of God dwells, but now “One greater than the temple” has come.  He corrects the sinful behavior and instructs that the temple is to be a house of prayer, not a den of thieves!  Jesus has need of the temple of our lives and will chastise us in order to restore us to one He can use.  The Lord has need of us.

This is the message of Mark 11, “The Lord has need of ‘you.’ ”  He expects our lives to be fruitful and cleansed, used for His glory, not misused in our corruption.  We have heard a life is a terrible thing to waste.  Yet, far too many believers are wasting their lives in unfruitfulness caught up in a false religious system.  Jesus must be at the heart of our lives and relationship with God.  If we abide in Him we will bear much fruit.  Otherwise, He will cast us out ” as a branch and is withered (same as the fig tree is withered by Jesus’ curse), and they gather them and throw them into the fire and they are burned.” John 15:6.

“If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire and it shall be done for you.  By this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” John 15:7-8, read Mark 11:23-24.

Jesus has NEED OF YOU.  May we be fruitful disciples of Jesus as we abide in Him, know His love and intimacy, so that in Him we will bear much fruit for His kingdom and glorify His Father.  This is your call and destiny for this life.  Let us take it as serious as Jesus does.  JESUS HAS NEED OF YOU! You have great value in His kingdom.  Use it to His glory.

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