Christ, the Tree of Life!
*** This article is part of a blog series about what it means to live with Christ as our source. You can check out the Introduction to the series here. ***
After reading all the comments of those who added their 2 cents to the collaborative Tree of Life discussion, I must say I am very encouraged. There is such a deep sense that the Tree of Life is important. And so much variety in what everyone expressed. Yet at the same time, there was a mysterious synergy in what everyone said.
It is clear that those reading this blog have realised that Christ is the Tree of Life to us today and we can eat of Him to take in the Life of God. That is why He said in John 6 that He is the bread of life and that anyone who eats of him will live (zoe). And this is a marvellous thing. To be able to take God into us and live by his life. Truly miraculous. In many ways the point of all of scripture and the reason Christ came. “Christ IN you!” being the mystery of the ages as Paul describes it.
And unless we can receive God in an “edible” form, there is no way to live by Him. Praise God that Christ has become the Tree of Life. That which allows us to take God in. His words, His ways, His life, His death, His resurrection, His person, His all. He is the life of God in an edible, transferrable form.
There is much that can still be said on this topic, but for now, I would like to highlight some of the comments made that relate to this specifically:
…By considering the name of the tree it becomes clear that the tree of life itself is the tree “of” life, not the tree “from” life or “for” life.. In other words, it houses and gives life, makes and maintains life. In other words, without such a “tree” there would simply be no life. - Letsego, blogging at Just a thought
…. We get food, shade, and promise of continual life from a tree. I think that is what the tree of life is. The promise of future, continual life. We also cannot eat once from a tree and never go back. We depend on the tree being there and need to return often in order to stay alive. Likewise you cannot connect with Christ once and live, you need to connect regularly to sustain life. – Lynley, blogging at The Honest One
… scripture portrays Jesus as “the bread of life,” “the true vine,” and knowing him IS “eternal life.” He said “I am the way, the truth, and the LIFE!” Why is He life itself? Because HE IS GOD! Man was created to live off God!…Christ is all the life we will ever need now and forever and to feast on Him is available to us now and will be for all eternity. So let’s feast. – Nic, who has done a great series on this blog entitled, God’s Zeal for His House
From these comments we learn something very important. Christ is our Tree of Life. And just like our physical bodies need nourishment 3 times a day to live, so too our spiritual bodies need to eat of Christ often. Also, just as we do not eat the same thing every day, so too we can enjoy different aspects of Christ and also feast on him with others, just as we would eat together in our families and with friends. We do not only need to eat to survive, we can enjoy our eating. We can FEAST on Christ, and we can FEAST on Him together. Halleluiah! Praise the Lord that once again we can live by and enjoy the life of God together!
May we regularly eat of Him together with great enthusiasm and unity.
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