Jesus asked many questions throughout His ministry. Sometimes a question from Jesus would set the stage for Him to do a miracle. Sometimes, it was the beginning of great teaching. When Jesus asked questions, it was always for our own good.
It amazes me that Jesus wasn't merely focused on putting one foot in front of the other on His journey to be crucified. He walked that 650 yards from the Praetorium to Golgotha in supernatural strength. Having just been flogged, he was half dead for that journey. This strong thirty-three year old man could not even drag the cross beam for that short distance. But one thing He did find the strength to do, He spoke words of comfort and instruction. He wasn't finished teaching.
Jesus’ intimidating question was posed to the women who were weeping for Him. He told them not to weep for Him, but to weep for themselves because there would come a day when they would regret that they were mothers because Jerusalem would be in such disarray. At the end of this longest discourse on the way to the cross, Jesus asked, For if men do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry (Luke 23:31)? That’s a good question.
If mankind could treat Jesus in this way after He came here to be with us, what was going to happen in this world after He was gone? How would the world respond to the message of God’s love then? Jesus was sent to this world to share the love of God for mankind and we spit on Him, mocked Him, beat Him, flogged Him and ultimately crucified Him on a cross. That’s how men respond to God’s love.
The tree was green when Jesus was here in the flesh. He walked on earth’s soil and ate of earth’s food. He healed us, He taught us, He demonstrated God’s love. The tree was green with the full evidence of God’s amazing love. Yet look at how many stood in the very presence of Jesus and spit on the face of God.
It’s hard to imagine man treating God in such a way. Look around and you will continue to see this response to the Son of God. You see unbelief everywhere. We reject Him by mocking His Word by the way we live. Unbelief prevails in our world today. It shouldn't surprise us that the world is so far from the place God created it to be.
You can grow dry with the world, or you can hold fast to the green tree that represents faith and belief that Jesus is the Son of God and that by dying on the cross He saved you from your sins.