“through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” - Revelations 22:2
A casual visit to your local pharmacy or health store reveals a great deal about humanity’s preoccupation with immortality and being eternally youthful. The shelves are burgeoning with anti-wrinkle creams, anti-oxidants, supplements and
all manner of herbal remedies and concoctions promising a longer, healthier life. Despite their expensive, fancy marketing campaigns and packaging, every product fails to deliver on its promises
Yet there is one answer, one perfect solution that not only promises the eternal life and glorified bodies the world seeks, but delivers unequivocally and without fail - Jesus. He can give us access to a Tree that provides all that and more. The unfortunate problem that the world has, is that its desire
is superficial, only skin deep. There are no products on the shelves for those seeking a transformed heart. Jesus delivers on this one too. Yet to receive the eternal life and glorified body, you must first desire the transformed heart through the eradication of sin, only possible through belief in Christ.
It is by the Cross - the tree of death, that Christ surrendered His life, so that we could have ours back, for all eternity. We may freely taste once more from the tree of life, experiencing the eternal life-giving nourishment that flows only from God, the ultimate source of all life.
Lord, we thank you for the tree of life, which points us to the Cross, and to You as the One who restores us, brings us the
gift of eternal life, and an abundant life now through the Holy Spirit. God we embrace You each day as our only source of life. Stir in our hearts Holy Spirit and cause our eyes to be transfixed on our Lord and His perfect work on the Cross. Amen.
Actively and intentionally, set your heart and mind on the Cross every day. Remember that it is by this tree of death, which Christ endured and defeated that we have been gifted, through God’s glorious grace, everlasting life.