Part Two – The Fruit Tree
This is the second in a series of seven mini-articles focusing on the idea that heaven will not be an abstract disembodied place above the stars but rather a glorious down-to-earth Kingdom, here on a restored planet earth, with Christ Jesus ruling and reigning from his throne in Jerusalem.
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Please either listen to the three minute audio clip above or read the notes below or both at the same time.
A wise rabbi was once asked what he would do if he knew that the Messiah was returning the next day. He pondered for a moment and then replied that he would plant a fruit tree.
This rabbi wisely knew that the rule and reign of the Messiah would not be an abstract allegory somewhere up there in the clouds but a down-to-earth reality where fruit trees grow, flourish, bear fruit and give shade from the mid-day sun. Heaven will be real on earth.
Ezekiel 47:12 describes the fruit trees that will provide sustenance and health in the days to come.
Ezekiel 47:12 ‘Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.’
Some will be called to serve others by harvesting these endless crops of fruit and bringing them into the city. The fruit will not simply fly off the trees and land on our tables, they will need to be harvested!
I appreciate that not everyone’s idea of heaven on earth is to labour in the orchards but for those of us who like to get our hands dirty then it will be a real joy to serve our King and the community.
I have often laboured in the fields in the heat of the day to bring in fruit harvests and it is hard work indeed! But with our glorified tireless resurrection bodies, the labour will be a joy and a rewarding pleasure.
No more aching backs from lifting laden fruit boxes!
And there will be no fretting over a late frost destroying the blossom or the codling moth leaving its worms in the apples. Every fruit will be pitch perfect. And the eating of the fruit, with real taste and real juice, will be a veritable delight.
This will be heaven indeed!
Thank you for reading this. Tomorrow we go fishing!