His Availability and Our Cooperation

Revelation 22:2  declares, “And on this side and on that side of the river was the tree of life.” From the time Christ rose and unto eternity in New Jerusalem, He is the real food for us as the reality of the tree of life. The prior post presented His steps of incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection, by which become available as food to us. This availability is depicted by the tree of life on both sides of the river of water of life.

Although He is available, we still need to come to Him. John 6 speaks often about “he who eats” (active), but never about “he who is fed” (passive). John 6:37, 44, and 45 speak about our coming to the Lord. In the same way, Hebrews 4 encourages us to “come forward with boldness to the throne of grace that we may receive mercy and find grace for timely help” (v. 16). Our Lord is merciful and full of grace for us (John 1:14) but we must cooperate by coming forward with boldness. Our boldness is neither in nor of ourselves but is because of what He has accomplished and what He is as our “great High Priest” (Heb. 4:14). The more we look at Him the more we will be emboldened to come forward. Hebrews 12:2 urges us to look “away unto Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith.” A note on this verse says,

The wonderful Jesus, who is enthroned in heaven and crowned with glory and honor, is the greatest attraction in the universe. He is like an immense magnet, drawing all His seekers to Him. It is by being attracted by His charming beauty that we look away from all things other than Him. Without such a charming object, how could we look away from so many distracting things on this earth?

(The note is from online.recoveryversion.org; copyrighted by Living Stream Ministry.)


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