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Christ the Tree of Life

Christ the Tree of Life

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BY CHARLES H. SPURGEON


"In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of tli
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." REVELATION xxii. 2.
BY CHARLES H. SPURGEON


"In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of tli
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." REVELATION xxii. 2.

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CHRIST THE TREE OF LIFEBY CHARLES H. SPURGEO"In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of tliriver, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month : and the leaves of thetree were for the healing of the nations." REVELATIO xxii. 2.YOU will remember that in the first Paradisethere was a tree of life in the midst of thegarden. When Adam had offended, and wasdriven out, it was said, " Lest he put forth hishand, and take of the tree, and eat, and livefor ever, therefore God drove out the man." It hasbeen supposed by some, that this tree of life in thegarden of Eden was intended to be the means of continuing man in immortality, that his feeding upon itwould have supported him in the vigor of unfailingyouth, preserved him from exposure to decay, andimparted by a spiritual regeneration, the seal of perpetuity to his constitution. I do not know about that.If it were so, I can understand the reason why Godwould not have the first man, Adam, become immortalin the lapsed state he then was, but ordained that theold nature should die, and that the immortality shouldbe given to a new nature^ which should be formedChrist the Tree of Life. 135tmder another leadership, and quickened by anotherspirit.The text tells us that in the centre of the new Paradise, the perfect Paradise of God, from which the saintsshall never be driven, seeing it is to be our perpetualheritage, there is also a tree of life. But here we translate the metaphor. We do not understand anythingliteral at all. We believe our Lord Jesus Christ to benone other than that tree of life, whose leaves are forthe healing of the nations. We can scarcely conceiveof any other interpretation, as this seems to us to be so
 
full of meaning, and to afford us such unspeakablesatisfaction.At any rate, beloved, if this be not the absolute purpose of the sublime vision that John saw, it is mostcertainly true that our Lord Jesus Christ is life fromthe dead, and life to his own living people. He is all inall to them, and by him, and by him alone must theirspiritual life be maintained. We are right enough,then, in saying that Jesus Christ is a tree of life, andwe shall so speak of him, in the hope that some maycome and pluck of the fruit, and eat, and live for ever.Our desire shall be so to use the sacred allegory thatsome poor dying soul may be encouraged to lay holdon eternal life, by laying hold on Jesus Christ.First, we shall take the tree of life in the winter wit\no fruit on it / secondly, we shall try to show you thetree of life budding and blossoming and, thirdly, weshall endeavor to show you the way to partake of itsfruits.I. And first, my brethren, I have to speak to yonof JESUS CHRIST, THE TREE OF LIFE I THE WITER.136 Types and Emtiems.You will at once anticipate that I mean by this figureto describe Jesus in his sufferings, in his dark wintrydays, when he did hang upon the cross, and bleed, anddie ; when he had no honor from men, and no respectfrom any; when even God the Father hid his facefrom him for a season, and he was made a cnrse for us,that we might be made the righteousness of God inhim. My dear friends, you will never see the tree of life aright, unless you first look at the cross. It wasthere that this tree gathered strength to bring forth itsafter-fruit. It was there, we say, that Jesus Christ, byhis glorious merits and his wondrous work achievedupon the cross, obtained power to become the Redeemerof our souls, and the Captain of our salvation.Come with me, then, by your faith, to the foot of thelittle mound of Calvary, and let us look up and see thisthing that carne to pass. Let us turn aside as Moses did
 
when the bush burned, and see this great sight. It isthe greatest marvel that ever earth, or hell, or heavenbeheld, and we may well spend a few minutes in beholding it.Our Lord Jesus, the ever-living, the immortal, theeternal, became man, and, being found in fashion as aman, he humbled himself, and died the death of thecross. That death was not on his own account. Hishumanity had no need to die. He might have livedon, and have seen no death if so he willed. He hadcommitted no offence, no sin, and therefore no punishment could fall upon him." For sins not his ownHe died to atone."Every pang upon the cross was substitutionary ; andChrist the Tree of Life. 137for you, ye sons of men, the Prince of Glory bled, the just for the unjust, that he might bring you to God.There was no smart for himself, for his Father lovedhim with a love ineffable ; and he deserved no blowsfrom his Father s hand, but his smarts were for the sinsof his enemies, for your sins and mine, that by hisstiipes we might be healed, and that through hiswounds, reconciliation might be made with God.Think, then, of the Saviour s death upon the cross.Mark ye well that it was an accursed death. Therewere many ways by which men might die, but therewas only one death which God pronounced to be accursed. He did not say Cursed is he that dies bystoning, or by the sword, or by a millstone being fastened about his neck, or by being eaten of worms, butit was written " Cursed is every one that hangeth ona tree." By no other death than that one, which Goddid single out as the death of the accursed, could JesusChrist die. Admire it, believer, that Jesus Christshould be made a curse for us. Admire, and love ; letyour faith and your gratitude blend together.It was a death of the most ignominious kind. The

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