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There is a most amazing story in the life of Jesus that I have pondered for years. I have never heard a sermon, Bible teaching or anything about it

“Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, ‘Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever’”! Matt. 21:18-19

In another passage we learn that this was not even the season for ripe figs, “for the time of figs was not yet” (Mark 11:13).

“And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!” Matt. 21:20

The question is: Why would Jesus curse the fig tree when it wasn’t even time for fruit to appear? I believe the Holy Spirit gave us the answer, and in so doing has given us an important object lesson for the whole Body of Christ.

In Paul’s admonition to his son in the faith, Timothy, he says:

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine…but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Tim. 4:2-4

In other words, I think Jesus is saying, “Don’t wait for just the so-called ‘right season’ to do the works of God — GO for it!”

A fearful statement by Jesus is found in St. John 15:6:

“If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.”

If you read the whole chapter of John 15, you will see it is teaching about fruit bearing and we learn that for a Christian believer, fruit bearing — the winning of precious souls — is not an option. WE ARE TO BEAR FRUIT or the result is very sobering and even frightful!

That is what drives your TBN. That is why we have added more and more networks: TBN; The Church Channel; JCTV youth network; Enlace Latin America and Enlace USA; The Healing Channel Arabic network; TBN Nejat TV, the Farsi network; and, now, Jan’s Smile of a Child children’s network — and more to come! Our latest project, The Holy Land Experience, is going strong and is a powerful witness lifting Jesus high!

Please join Jan and me as we continue to grow and lift Jesus high so that He may “draw all men” to Himself. By supporting your TBN you become a fruit bearer and will not be withered as the fig tree and run the risk of being cut from the branch as in John 15, and as Jesus said:

“That whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.” John 15:16

Jan and I love you more and more as the years go by, it seems, so fast. We will soon celebrate 35 years of fruit bearing. Let us be “instant in season” — always!

Paul and Jan in Cocoa Beach, FL—the city of license for WHLV Channel 52, TBN’s station reaching central Florida— including the city of Orlando.