Throughout history, the Tree of Life has been a symbol of spiritual growth, knowledge, and immortality. In many cultures and religions, it is believed that this tree bears fruit that grants everlasting life.
In the Bible, Jesus is referred to as the Tree of Life. But what does this mean? Let’s explore.
What is the Tree of Life?
In the book of Genesis, the Tree of Life is introduced in the Garden of Eden. It is described as a tree that produces fruit with the ability to grant eternal life. However, when Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s commandment and ate from the Tree of Knowledge instead, they were banished from the Garden and denied access to the Tree of Life.
Jesus as the Tree of Life
In Proverbs 3:18, it says “She [wisdom] is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed.” Here wisdom is compared to a tree of life.
Similarly in John 15:5, Jesus says “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” Here Jesus compares himself to a vine that feeds its branches.
The Fruit of Jesus
Just like how only by eating from the original Tree of Life could one obtain eternal life in Genesis, only by following Jesus can one receive eternal life. The fruit that Jesus bears is not physical but spiritual – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). These fruits represent qualities that are essential for spiritual growth and maturity.
Branches on Jesus’ Vine
In John 15:1-8 it explains that branches that don’t bear fruit are cut off, but those that do bear fruit are pruned so they can bear even more fruit. This is a metaphor for how we are to constantly grow in our relationship with Jesus and produce good works.
In summary, Jesus is the Tree of Life because he is the source of spiritual growth and eternal life. By following him, we can bear good fruit and mature spiritually. Just like how a tree needs water and nutrients to grow, we must remain connected to Jesus through prayer, reading the Bible, and attending church to continue growing in our faith.