The Tree of Life is Available Today

Revelation 22:2 declares, “And on this side and on that side of the river was the tree of life, producing twelve fruits, yielding its fruit each month…” In John 6 Jesus presented Himself as the bread of life for us to eat. Today, He is the reality of the tree of life as our daily food supply. We should not dream about a future tree of life in New Jerusalem; we can come to Him today!

The tree of life being on both sides of the river of water of life emphasizes the availability of the tree of life. Jesus has become available to all men through the steps revealed in John 6. Verse 33 says, “the bread of God is He who comes down out of heaven” and verse 51 says, “I am the living bread which came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he shall live forever.” This “coming down” is incarnation. In verses 53-56 flesh and blood are separated. This occurred in the Lord’s death (John 19:34). In verse 56 the Lord told us that the person who eats Him “abides in Me and I in him.” This mutual abiding is only possible in resurrection (John 14:20).

The whole scope of John 6 shows us that through His incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection, the Lord became available to all men. Based on the blood shed for forgiveness, He is now receivable by all men as life. This receiving of life and the daily life supply is portrayed in John 6 by bread and flesh and in Revelation by the tree of life. The tree of life shows that even in New Jerusalem in eternity we will continue to receive the Lord as our life supply.

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