Under the Fig Tree
Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” John 1:48
sitting under a fig tree that was not bearing fruit … for it was only the season of new leaves. The fruit would come in due season. This picture makes me wonder about myself though. Do I have the buds of new leaves ripe for growth in my Christian walk? Do I bear these leaves yet have only the appearance of growth yet no fruit of service? Am I this tree with branches spread in the quiet of a prayer garden looking peaceful and graceful offering the shade to those who come, yet never bearing the fruit which would satisfy hunger?
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.
He said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again!” And His disciples were listening. Mark 11:13-14
I ponder …
a sense of fruitlessness, weariness, burdened, faint in the waiting for fruit. Is this me?
Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” John 1:48
Jesus answered Philip, “…I saw you.” Does He just see me from a distance, with a quick glance? Or does He SEE me, through and through? Does He understand? Perceive the most innermost needs? Is Jesus touched by the state of the one who is under the fig tree? Does He have compassion? Sympathy? Empathy? Will He give me strength and direction for fruit bearing?
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.
“You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.
“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. John 15:1-5
I am grafted into the Vine. He will. I have born fruit before. I don’t want this branch that is me to be taken away. He is pruning me so that I may bear more fruit.
Jesus is love. He turns to me, loving me unconditionally, sympathetically, and He serves me. I am not alone for He sits with me under the fig tree.
Nathanael answered Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel.”
Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You will see greater things than these.”
And He said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” John 1:49-51
He opens heaven to Nathaniel that he may see…to have clarity of sight, his confidence built upon the sovereignty of Christ.
No matter what the state of my heart and mind are, He knows. He cares. He sees me. He knows when I will bear fruit for His Kingdom. He waters and feeds me as I stand with Him. I will bear fruit in the season of fruit. The budding leaves are only the beginning and Jesus knows the timing. He waits with me as I grow closer to Him and in Him. He tends this tree. And I do believe. I rejoice with Nathaniel and say, “You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel.”
He sees me!
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