The Reality of The Tree of Life
Passover the Tree of Life–Then what is the reality of the tree of life in the teachings of Christ? First what was the tree of life? According to the words of God, the tree of life gives eternal life when we eat of it. Then what did Jesus teach we should eat to live forever?
John 6:53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.
In the Garden of Eden, when sinners could eat from the tree of life, they could live forever. In the verse above, however, Jesus teaches that anyone eats and drinks his flesh and blood and then they can live forever. Through this we can see the reality of the tree of life is the flesh and blood of Christ.
Through the tree of life in the Book of Genesis as prophecies, God wanted to teach us the true tree of life, the flesh and blood of Christ. Then how can we eat and drink the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ?
The Reality of the Tree of Life: the Passover
How to Keep the Passover
Matthew 26:17 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” 18 He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.
Jesus and his disciples kept the new covenant of the Passover. Then how is the Passover related to the tree of life?
Matthew 26:26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” 27 Then he took a cup (of wine), and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Passover the Tree of Life
Passover the Tree of Life–Jesus kept the Passover with his disciples by eating bread and drinking wine. Jesus could have eaten a supper with bread and wine many times before. However, only on this night of the Passover did he give the special promise for the bread and wine. To the bread of the Passover, he promised this bread is my body or flesh. And also he promised to the wine of the Passover that this wine is my blood. Therefore, by eating and drinking the bread and wine of the Passover, we can participate in the flesh and blood of the Christ. By eating the flesh and blood of Christ we can participate in the tree of life.
Therefore, the reality of the tree of life that we should eat from to live forever is actually the Passover. By eating the Passover we can participate in the tree of life and we can live forever. For this reason, for the most of the festivals of God the bible commands that we should KEEP them. But for the Passover, the bible says that we must EAT it. It is because the Passover ceremony allows us to eat the tree of life to receive eternal life.
Matthew 26:17 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?
Luke 22:15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.
God Who Opened the Way to the Tree of Life
God the Son Jesus Christ
Passover the Tree of Life–2000 years ago, while people are under the agony of death, Jesus came to this earth and open the way to the tree of life through his flesh and blood of the Passover. And he gave the precious promise of eternal life through the Passover by saying, “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and I will raise him up at the last day”. By establishing the New Covenant Passover, he opened the way to the tree of life.
In this sense, who is Jesus? In the Book of Genesis, the way to the tree of life was blocked by God who place cherubim and a flaming sword. Whoever is unworthy tried to reach out his hands to the tree of life were put to death by the cherubim and flaming sword. Then if the way was blocked by God, who has the authority to open the way? It is only God, isn’t it?
God the Holy Spirit Christ Ahnsahnghong
Passover the Tree of Life–Through this we can understand that Jesus was God himself who opened the way to the tree of life. He revealed the reality of the tree of life through the Passover. However, after the death of Jesus the way to the tree of life got blocked again because of sins of people. After the death of Jesus and his disciples, rather than following the commands of God, people accepted customs of man into the Christianity. And they disobeyed the commands of God. Because of their sin and lawlessness, the way to the tree of life was blocked again.
For this reason the way to the tree of life was blocked again. However, by the grace of the second coming Christ Ahnsahnghong, the way to the tree of life is opened again. Christ Ahnsahnghong restored the truth of the new covenant of the Passover. And he opened the way to the tree of life through his flesh and blood again. Then who is Christ Ahnsahnghong? He is God himself who came as man in the flesh to fulfill the prophecies of the bible.
Passover the Tree of Life–Now let us listen to the teachings of Christ Ahnsahnghong and eat the Passover. By participating in the bread and wine of the Passover we can participate in the flesh and blood of Christ. By participating in the flesh and blood of Christ, we can eat from the tree of life. Unworthy we are, God allowed sinners eat from the tree of life to live forever out of love and pity for the sinners.
1 Corinthians 5:7 Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.