The Tree of Life

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The Lord showed John a beautiful Tree of Life in the Holy City, New Jerusalem. This tree had twelve different fruits and leaves for the healing of the nations. What is the meaning of this vision? The Tree of Life pictures the Lord’s Divine love, which gives us life and is the source of all happiness. It is His love that can heal all people who want to enter the holy city.

The Story

Read about the Tree of Life in Revelation 22 (verses 1-5, 14, 21)

Ideas for discussion

  1. An angel showed John the Tree of Life in the Holy City, New Jerusalem. What did it look like?
  2. The Tree of Life is a symbol of the Lord and His love for us. And the leaves of the tree are truths that show us the way of life—the life that leads to heaven.
  3. The leaves of the Tree of Life symbolize truths that can heal people spiritually. These leaves of healing have something to offer everyone, because we all have areas in our life that need spiritual healing.
  4. “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may enter through the gates into the city” (Revelation 22:14). The Lord’s love gives strength to those who do His commandments. It is this “quiet inner strength that sustains us and brings us happiness in life” (Kurt Horigan Asplundh).
  5. In Revelation 2:7 we read, “To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” Eating of the Tree of Life means to strengthen our life from God. What are some of the things that we can do to strengthen our life from Him?
  6. What do you think is meant by the overcoming that we must do?
  7. The Holy City pictures the beautiful teachings of the New Church that the Lord is establishing in heaven and on earth. The Tree of Life in the middle of that city of gold pictures the Lord’s love which gives us life and is the source of all happiness. To the extent that we open our hearts and minds to the Lord’s love, we may approach the spiritual peace and happiness pictured by the Holy City. 
  8. As we walk on our spiritual journey, it may help us to remember the last words in the book of Revelation: “The grace of our Lord God Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen” (Revelation 22:21).

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