" Galatians 3:13, ESV
"He himself bore our in his body on the , that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed." - 1 Peter 2:24, ESV
Here are the lyrics, with thoughts by Jay D. Weaver:
Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
The tree of life my soul hath seen,
Laden with fruit and always green:
The trees of nature fruitless be
Compared with Christ the apple tree.
In this poem, we immediately see that Jesus Christ is that Tree of Life. It's interesting that we often refer to the forbidden fruit as an apple. Here, the Tree of Life is referred to as an apple tree.
His beauty doth all things excel:
By faith I know, but ne'er can tell
The glory which I now can see
In Jesus Christ the apple tree.
The second verse says that our knowledge of his beauty is based on faith rather than on the forbidden tree.
For happiness I long have sought,
And pleasure dearly I have bought:
I missed of all; but now I see
'Tis found in Christ the apple tree.
In the third verse, we find that all pleasure comes from this Tree of Life. We no longer need the idyllic Garden of Eden.
I'm weary with my former toil,
Here I will sit and rest awhile:
Under the shadow I will be,
Of Jesus Christ the apple tree.
Remember all that toil that the human had to do to survive. Now in the fourth verse, we find a place to rest.
This fruit doth make my soul to thrive,
It keeps my dying faith alive;
Which makes my soul in haste to be
With Jesus Christ the apple tree.
Finally, in the last verse, the poet provides the denouement to the poem. The fruit of the "Tree of Life" truly keeps us alive and gives us the desire to be grafted onto the apple tree itself.
- The Old Professor
Thoughts to the poem Copyright © Jay D Weaver - February 11, 2006