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Jesus: Tree of Life

Jesus: Tree of Life by Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS

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And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations and believers have the right to the tree of life and may enter through the gates into the city. (Rev. 22:1-2, 14).

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One of the first types that we encounter in the pages of Scripture is the Tree of Life. Being one of the two sacramental (not magical) trees in the Garden, the Tree of Life symbolized that eternal life which Adam would have obtained if he had obeyed God’s command in the Covenant of Works concerning the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The punishment which God inflicted upon man at the Fall was banishment from His presence in the Garden-Temple and from the sign and seal of eternal life. The rest of the Scriptures speak of how God, in the Covenant of Grace, has promised to restore to man, through the Redeemer, what was lost in the Fall–namely, a “right to the tree of life.”

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