Eating the Tree of Life Eternally

tree of lifeRevelation 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…” The tree of life with fruit every month indicates that eating will be important in New Jerusalem.

We eat in order to be supplied for living. In John 6:57 our Lord Jesus told us, “He who eats Me, he also shall live because of Me.” He is “the life” (John 14:6) and He is “the true vine” (John 15:1), so He is the reality of the tree of life. He is not a tall tree, but He is like a vine, so accessible to us.

In the Bible, the reality of eating is eating Jesus. In John 6 there are many plain words about this, especially verses 51 to 58. Besides these words, in the Bible there are many types of, and indirect references to, eating Jesus. With this post we begin looking at eating through the Bible since all this eating points to our eternal eating of the tree of life in New Jerusalem.

Genesis 2:9 tells us, “out of the ground Jehovah God caused to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, as well as the tree of life in the middle of the garden…” The tree of life was in the middle because that is God’s focal point.

Remember that in Genesis 1–2 there was no sin. Mankind now has the problem of sin but we also have the redemption accomplished by Jesus. This redemption opens the door for us to be brought back to God’s purpose. God’s purpose then (and now) is expressed in Genesis 1:26, “God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them have dominion…” God desires that men eat the tree of life in order to live Christ and thereby express God and represent God. Eventually New Jerusalem will be the fullest expression and representation of God.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

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