Jesus worked many miracles as a demonstration of faith and power to the disciples. In Mark 7, Jesus was hungry and saw a fig tree and hoped to find fruits on the tree. To Jesus’s disappointment, the tree was empty and had only leaves. “And he said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it” (Mark 11:14). Jesus went with his disciples to the temple to turn over the tables of the money changers and drive out those who sold in the temple. In the evening he travelled back the same way with his disciples and they came to where the fig tree was before. The fig tree was withered away from its roots.
“And Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered”” (Mark 11:21). It is amazing that the disciples spent so much time with Jesus and each time he performed a miracle, they were as surprised as if they were seeing their first miracle. The interesting thing is that the disciples could not always predict what Jesus would do. I believe he worked miracles of different kinds to show them that there were no limits to what was possible. He did this to show them that if they had enough faith that all things were possible. “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:24).
Jesus used the example of the mountain because it is one of the largest earthly structures that we can think of. The concept or idea of being able to move a mountain is mind blowing. Jesus was saying to his disciples that no matter how big or impossible the task, that if we have faith, then we can accomplish it. All we need is enough faith as large as the size of a mustard seed to move a mountain. We have to exercise our faith in the same way that we exercise our physical muscles for them to grow. Let us raise our level of expectation and go after the mountain standing in the way of our breakthrough.
“For nothing will be impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).