"Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life." Proverbs 13:12
Can you imagine how sick Adam and Eve felt when God banished them from the Garden of Eden? Because of their disobedience, the guilty couple was now kicked out of the garden. Genesis 3:23 describes it as follows: "So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, He placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life." All of us have been outside of the Garden ever since.
But here's the rest of the story. God had a simple, awesome plan to reconnect our souls to Him for eternity. It is made possible through the sacrifice of His only begotten Son Jesus. Jesus' body was broken on the tree of death (cross) to put an end to our brokenness. For God so loved the world that He sent His Son as an atonement for our sins. When we believe and surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, we gain access to the tree of life that awaits us in Heaven.
What follows is an excerpt from my second book called Broken Walk: Searching for Wisdom: "God's plan for us is contained from the first book in the Bible when He banned Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden by saying: "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and also take from the tree of life and eat, and live forever." Genesis 3:22. I underline "tree of life" to show you where this tree still exists as told in the last book of the Bible. In Revelation 22:2, it describes part of Heaven, "On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves are for the healing of the nations." How about that!!! I can hardly wait to eat from the tree of life."
Thank you, Father for this simple plan of salvation. It is our only Way to get us into Eternity with You. This Resurrection Sunday, take time to remember how Jesus' broken body put an end to our brokenness. We have a future in Heaven - Will I see you at the tree of life?