God’s original intention in His creation of man can be seen in Genesis – after He created man, He placed man in a garden with lots of trees good for food! God gave man only one “commandment” – take care of your eating! Don’t eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but eat of the tree of life! In this whole universe, only God is life, and so here we see that God presented Himself to man as life in the form of food! If man eats of the tree of life, he shall live forever! This is God’s desire, that man would eat of the tree of life, enjoy Him as life, and live forever as His expression!
Also, in John 6:35 and 57 we see that Christ – God embodied in a man – says that He is the bread of life, the heavenly bread, the living bread, even the true bread that comes out from heaven. Again we see that God in Christ presents Himself to man as food, as the heavenly bread of life, for man to eat! Even more: when man eats of this bread, when man eats Jesus, he shall live because of Him! God wants man to partake of Him as life in the form of food – He simply wants man to take God in! What we eat is what we are constituted of and it is what we become – if we eat Jesus every day, we are constituted with God and live out God. If we eat God as life daily, we express life, we become persons of life, and we give life to others.
In Revelation 2:7 the overcomers will be rewarded by God with eating of the tree of life – the full taste of the tree of life for those who overcome! This is a particular enjoyment of God as life reserved for and given to the ones who overcome. Again we see that God will even reward us with more enjoyment of Himself as the tree of life! We eat Christ as the tree of life today, and we will be rewarded with more of this wonderful delicious amazing tree of life in the coming age, for a full taste of what we have had a foretaste of.
At the end of the Bible(Rev. 22:2) we see the tree of life again – in the New Jerusalem! For eternity, the tree of life will be the food supply of the New Jerusalem, who is composed of us – all God’s redeemed – and our Redeemer. Our destiny is to enjoy God eternally as our everlasting never-ending source of life, the tree of life, that we may live because of Him and express Him fully!
Today, in the church life, we need to enjoy Christ as the tree of life – every day we need to eat Jesus and drink Jesus! Our enjoyment of Christ builds up and enriches the Body of Christ. Actually, what we enjoy today is just a “foretaste” of the full taste we’ll have of the tree of life in eternity – what we enjoy today will be also our reward in a fuller way in the next age! To enjoy Christ – to eat Christ – should be the primary matter in our Christian life and in our church life. Lord Jesus, You are indeed our real food, You are the tree of life! Keep us eating of You every day!