The Choice is Yours

he came looking for fruit on it but found none

Luke 13:6
Exodus 3:1-8,13-15; Psalm 103:1-4,6-8-11; I Corinthians 10:1-6,10-12; Luke 13:1-9

Sermon Week/Year

Third Sunday of Lent, C

A farmer tells the story of the “Miracle Tree” — an old orange tree on his property which had been severely damaged during a brush fire. Practically all the leaves were burned off, and in many places, the flames had seared through the bark. Since the wounded tree had not borne fruit in several years, the farmer decided to finish it off. He used a tractor with a large scoop to try to push the tree down. Again, and again he banged the tree with the scoop, opening deep gashes in the trunk. But the old orange tree wouldn’t budge. Finally, the farmer quit trying and eventually forgot all about the orange tree.

The following Spring, the farmer was amazed to discover that the tree he had given up on was producing some of the biggest, juiciest oranges he had ever seen. And for many years the “Miracle Tree” continued to bear rich fruit. The farmer explained: The orange tree’s recovery seemed like a miracle.…

To view this resource, log in or sign up for a subscription plan

Scroll to Top
Sign up to get our Free
"Preachers Welcome Package" eBook
(Plus, a few more FREEBIES)