The Lamb’s Tree
Trees originate from inside a seed. In order for the seed to give birth to the tree, it must die. All of the DNA for the grown, fully mature tree is in the tiny seed.
What is the seed of the tree of life? The life of Christ was in the seed, for it is what sustains the tree itself.
We are not told a great deal about what preceded creation.
But we are told this: The Lamb was slain before the foundation of the world.
Perhaps this self-sacrificing, self-emptying love of the Lamb is the seed, the source, the character, the origin, the DNA that contains the fullness of the tree. Perhaps the Tree is the Lamb, and the Lamb is the Tree.
The Lamb conquered sin and death. The Lamb conquered the world’s systems.
The Lamb shed His blood to cover our sin and make us clean and whole.
The Lamb is at the Father’s right hand and has placed us there with Him.
The Lamb said, “It is finished.”
The Father sees each of us through the finished sacrifice of the Lamb.
The Lamb calls us His own, and gives us the eternal, life-filled Tree.
The Tree is the Lamb, and the Lamb is the Tree.
The Tree of Life is also the Tree of Sacrifice.
After all, Christ is ALL.
Once planted, this Tree will never stop growing inside of you. There may be dry seasons and wet seasons. Seasons of loneliness and seasons of abundance. Seasons of rapid growth and transformation, and seasons of hardly noticeable growth. Seasons of death and seasons of life. Yet the Lamb’s Tree is always growing, expanding, increasing, emerging inside of you. At times the Lamb’s internal transforming work is unknown to us; yet He continues working even in secrecy amid pain and tribulation. If the seed of the Tree is the Lamb, then the cross is the soil, and unfailing, sacrificial love is the fruit that is born over and over among the branches.
5 Thus says the Lord, “Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind and makes flesh his strength, and whose heart turns away from the Lord. 6 “For he will be like a bush in the desert and will not see when prosperity comes, but will live in stony wastes in the wilderness, a land of salt without inhabitant. 7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose trust is the Lord. 8 “For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit. Jeremiah 17:5-10
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