Friday, October 25, 2013

Jesus Our Wisdom, The Tree of Life in the Midst

"And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil." (Genesis 2: 9)

Jesus is our tree of life.

How can we make this assertion?

First of all, like the Tree of Life, Jesus is in the midst, because He is the center of all things:

"For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." (Matthew 18: 20)

"And again, departing from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, he came unto the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the coasts of Decapolis." (Mark 7: 31)

"And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you." (Luke 24: 36)

"Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst." (John 19: 18)
Proverbs records:

In the first chapter of Colossians, Paul outlines that Jesus is "the firstborn of every creature" (v 15), that "by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him" (v. 16). Furthermore, "And he is before all things, and by him all things consist." (v. 17) Jesus is "before" meaning that He is first above all else:

 18And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 20And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven." (Colossians 1: 18-20)

Another credential furthers the truth that Jesus is our tree of life. In Proverbs, Solomons writes at length about Wisdom:

"She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her." (Proverbs 3: 18)

In the New Testament, Jesus is affirmed as our wisdom:

"She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her." (1 Corinthians 1: 30)

Let Jesus be your Wisdom, your Tree of Life in the midst of all things.

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