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XIX. The cursing of the fig tree

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The place where Jesus and His disciples spent the night was Bethany, on the eastern slope of the Mount of Olives. Both Matthew and Mark mention that Jesus was hungry. Had Jesus spent the night in prayer, so that He was hungry? However this may be, on the way to Jerusalem He saw a fig tree by the side of the road. According to Matthew it was the disciples who asked Jesus, whilst according to Mark Peter "called to remembrance" Jesus' cursing of the tree. In His miracles as direct deeds Jesus revealed to mankind, with an intention, a new observable reality, which can only be fully understood by faith. In this new reality, outside and against the known laws of order and regularity in nature, He proclaimed His freedom, power and love as the Son and Lord sent by the Father.

Keywords: fig tree; Jesus; laws of order

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