People who need to take medication know only too well the difficulties of side effects. You need the stuff, but sometimes the unwanted effects make you wonder if it’s worthwhile!
The tree of life provided fruit that enabled those who ate it to live forever. Now that Adam and Eve knew wrong, that privilege had to be withdrawn. (Genesis 3 v 22) They were separated from it, very decisively. The way through was blocked.
When Jesus was crucified, we are told the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. That veil represented the separation of God from man – just like the cherubim with his flaming sword. The interesting thing is that if it had torn through normal damage, the tear would have started at the bottom. This was God at work – the way though was being unblocked. The death of Jesus on that cross was making it possible for our sin to be forgiven, opening a way through to eternal life. Restoration!
I just love those verses in Revelation about the tree of life.
- ch2 v 7 To those who are victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
- ch 22 v 2 On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
- ch 22 v 14 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.
If we have accepted Jesus as our saviour, then we will have the chance to take of that fruit, for complete healing and life eternal. That is just amazing.
But there is one more verse that catches my attention on this topic –
Proverbs 13 v 12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
That sounds like wonderful medicine to which there are no side effects. We can’t always guarantee our own longings to be fulfulled, but perhaps we can take a look around us at others – is there any else whose longing we can help fulfill? That would be love indeed.