Genesis, Proverbs, and Revelation all make reference to the Tree of Life as it is described in the Holy Bible. Here, we’ll discuss the significance of the biblical Tree of Life and how modern Christians relate to it.
What Is the Tree of Life?
The Tree of Life can first be referenced in Genesis. It is a tree which is created by God to give life and support to the spiritual and physical life of humans. It was built by God in the Garden of Eden just as Genesis 2:9 informs us “And out of the ground the LORD God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”
In violation of God’s word, Adam lost his everlasting life. The tree of life must have played a significant role in sustaining the lives of Adam and his wife, Eve. If Adam and Eve wouldn’t have committed against God, they would have lived forever.
What Does The Tree Of Life Mean In The Bible?
Genesis 3:22-4: Cast Out from Paradise
God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reaches out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever–” therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life”
The Tree of Life in Revelation
Revelation 22:1-3: The River and Tree of Life
“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him”.
Is Jesus Christ The Tree of Life?
Here, we can conclusively say that Jesus Christ is the Tree of Life. God is serving as a source of life. If we lose path to him, we get lost and find death.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
Importance of the Tree of Life Today
Jesus Christ is our light and the tree of life. He gives us life and the light of His father in heaven. Despite being sinners because of Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden, he still shield us with his light. We now know both good and bad. We decide what to do with our lives.
Jesus resurrected the tree of life by His cross and gave everlasting life to us once again. “Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24).