Sunday, 6 January 2019

The Tree of Life

Scripture: Revelation 22 v 2: "In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations."

Genesis 3 v 22 - 24: "And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
 23  Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
 24  So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life."

This final chapter of The Revelation of John the Divine is also the final chapter of the Holy Bible. It starts with the pure water of life flowing from the Throne of God and the Lamb. In the midst of the river and on either side of it is the Tree of Life which we first read about in the Garden of Eden.

Adam and Eve were expelled from Eden an angel with a flaming sword to prevent them in their sinful state, from eating the fruit of the Tree of Life and living forever. So the fruit of this Tree of Life in the first and last books of the Bible is significant for our eternal salvation and where we spend eternity. 

When we are eating the forbidden fruit that grows on the "Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil" then it takes us away from the Life of Jesus. Our head knowledge and worldly wisdom leads to tilling the soil by the sweat of our brow. The hardships of life without true fellowship with God.  

This bad tree is filled with demonic knowledge that has the consequence of providing those who partake of it, plausible alternatives to the knowledge of Jesus, the Creator of all things.  Bad fruit like the theory of evolution,  and all religions have the same God, or there is no Heaven and Hell so sin is a myth.

We need to teach our children while they are still in the cradle about the love of Jesus, the way of the tree of life, and the consequences of eating from the alternative tree, the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Jesus speaks of Himself as Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the root and offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star. He is everything to those who believe in Him in His entirety. He says that those who are holy, righteous, will become even more so. But those who are unjust, filthy, will get much worse.

Those who will never know the Bright and Morning Star, He calls dogs (vicious monsters), sorcerers, whoremongers, murderers, idolaters, and whosoever loves lies and tells lies.  So if any of these even remotely resembles areas in our life that needs dealing with then we must search our hearts and get ourselves perfectly in line with the Word of God.

Let His shed Blood cleanse us from all sin. It is the only substance in the Universe that can blot out all and every sin. He bled and died on the Cross to spare you eternity in Hell. Plus He wants you to have a better life here on Earth showing other sinners the truth and the way of salvation.

Hell goes way beyond your worst nightmare. Way beyond. Continuous pain and suffering for eternity. The shop window says its just one long party in Hell. Written by the Father of Lies, the Devil or Satan or the Great Red Dragon. Many have bought the lie and will sell it wholesale. Only Jesus can rescue us. Only He was raised from the dead to conquer the power of Hell for mankind.

No prophet, not Mary, no Guru, no Buddha died in your place. No cult, ancestor, philosophy, communist manifesto, politician, king or queen has an answer that will get us to Heaven. Only Jesus Christ the Son of God holds the keys to hell and death.  

So let us do all we can to show the undecided souls the glory of our King, and the blessings of the Tree of Life.  This tree bears good fruit continuously and even its leaves are used to heal the nations. In the second last verse of the Bible, Jesus says - SURELY I COME QUICKLY!  We who love Him and follow Him shout: AMEN. EVEN SO, COME, LORD JESUS!

Prayer: Heavenly Father Every day the anarchy, storms, evil people, governments, religious people who know not Jesus, get further from You and become worse and more frightening. 
Your Word says "Fear Not" 365 times to Your true children - One for every day of the year. 
We pray for Your Son to return to take us out of this world into Your Heavenly kingdom. In Jesus' name. Amen.