In Genesis: “Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. And the Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground–trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” (Genesis 2:8-10 NIV)
Adam and Eve were told they could eat from any tree except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. But they disobeyed and were punished as a result, including getting kicked out of the garden. For God said man “must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” (Genesis 3:22b NIV) Then God put an armed angel to guard the way to the tree of life.
Flash forward to a coming scene in Revelation: “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal flowing from the throne of God and the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding it’s fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.” (Revelation 22:1-3 NIV)
Who has access to this amazing tree? “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.” (Revelation 22:14 NIV)
The tree of life. Planted by a royal river. Bearing fruit in every season. Bringing healing to the nations and the promise of eternal life.
Sound like anyone in particular? I’m reminded of the words of Jesus Christ. “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live.” (John 11:25 NIV) “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6 NIV) Isaiah 53:4 states that by His wounds, we are healed.
If Jesus is the source of life and healing …and God said man could reach out to eat from the tree of life and live forever … is it a reach to say that believing in Jesus as the saving Son of God is like eating from the tree of life?
I don’t think so! So, if you haven’t already, “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” (Psalm 34:8 NIV)
What about you? What do you think the tree of life is? Have you experienced a taste or are you still hungering?