14 day plan

Roots, Shoots & Fruits

Day 13 of 14

Revelation 22:1-3

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him.

Reflection

Spring is here…but summer is coming! One of the great delights of summer for me is the abundance of beautiful local stone fruits. Peaches, nectarines, plums…mmm, I can taste them already!

In Genesis 3, after Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, God told them of the many ways in which this world would now be broken – we often call this the Curse. One aspect would be the difficulty in growing food to meet our needs. Toward the end of Revelation, John paints a beautiful picture of a new heaven and a new Earth, a vision of Eden restored, in which he says there is “no longer…any curse.” The trees of John’s vision don’t just fruit in particular seasons – their crops are abundant all year round. Our society likes to mock the Christian view of heaven as an eternity of boringly plucking at harps, but the vision of the Bible for our future is one of abundance, joy and delight.

Question

What hardships, disappointments or problems challenge you in this life?

How does the contrast of what God offers in eternity give you hope?

Prayer

Loving God, thank you for the hope you give us for the day when the “new heavens and a new Earth” will become a reality. The world around us is full of brokenness and sorrow – thank you for the assurance that a day is coming when gladness and joy replace sorrow and sighing. In Jesus’ name, Amen.