The Tree of Life

Lou Lotz

READ : Genesis 3:22-24

He drove out the man, and at the east end of the garden of Eden he placed a cherubim

and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life. (v.


I wonder if, banished from the garden, hurrying out into the wilderness east of Eden,
Adam and Eve turned back one last time to look at the tree of life.

In the book of Revelation the tree of life shows up again. It stands in the heavenly
city, new Jerusalem. Everyone has access to it, and the leaves of the tree are for “the
healing of nations” (Rev. 22:2).

The human predicament is this: we are shut out of the garden, and we haven’t yet come
to the city. So what do we do for a tree of life? Where do we find healing for the

There is a tree of life to which we have access. It is not the pre-history tree of
Genesis, nor the post-history tree of Revelation, but a tree planted right in the middle
of human history. For one man, it was a tree of death, but for humankind it is a tree of
life. “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree,” says 1 Peter 2:24. Our tree of
life is the cross of Christ.


Lord, I cling to your cross. Amen.