December 6, 2018

CHRIST the TREE: “Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down in his shade with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste” (Song 2:3). The One who grew up as a tender plant (Isa 53:2) has become the mighty tree “planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper” (Ps 1:3). Of course this describes Christ, yet the Tree has sired a forest! His progeny are “called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified” (Isa 61:3). What are their characteristics? We know “the root of the righteous cannot be moved” (Prov 12:3), secured by our sure Foundation. As well, “The trees of the Lord are full of sap” (Ps 104:16), nourished by the Life Himself. So it’s no wonder that “Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing” (Ps 92:13-14).