the tree of life my soul hath seen

by Kaitlyn Mason

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The tree of life my soul hath seen, laden with fruit and always green.  The tree of life my soul hath seen, laden with fruit and always green.  The trees of nature fruitless be compared with Christ, the apple tree. 

These gorgeous lyrics of “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree” bring us right back to the very beginning.  A very good place to start.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

In the beginning, there was also a garden with two trees of great significance.  The tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and the tree of life.

Have you ever walked in a beautiful garden?  I mean a really beautiful one?  Have you ever been in a beautiful garden laid out strategically and lovingly, full of stone pathways, green spaces, patches of flowers, blooming trees, trellises, and little ponds?

Eden was a gorgeous garden, lovingly crafted.  And God provided everything that Adam and Eve needed right there in that space.

He provided a tree of life.  They chose not to take advantage of this gift.

So later on, God sent His only Son Jesus to become our tree of life when he died for us on the cross.  Jesus is our apple tree as this beautiful Christmas hymn suggests.

Are we taking advantage of this gift?

He is our shelter – we can rest in His shadows when we are weary and burdened, just as we would rest under the shade of a large apple tree.

He is laden with fruit – rich gifts of nourishment that are available to us always.

He is always green – always relevant, always fresh, always full of life.

While we may not yet be able to look upon Him fully with our eyes, we can look upon Him with our soul.

Let us look upon this apple tree – this tree of life that is Jesus Christ.  And let us learn from the mistakes of our ancestors.  We are asked to eat only fruit from the tree of life.  Let us for once obey.

The tree of life my soul hath seen, laden with fruit and always green.  The tree of life my soul hath seen, laden with fruit and always green.  The trees of nature fruitless be compared with Christ, the apple tree.

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