Thoughts about the Photo

Stone cross atop a tombstone a church cemetery on the Isle of Wight, UK

This photograph is the headstone in a cemetery on the Isle of Wight off the Southern coast of England. As I look at it, several thoughts come to me. First, I see the cross as a tree of life in the midst of the paradise of God. Revelation 2:7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’ And beyond this, I see yet another tree behind this “tree of life”. It makes me think of that other tree mentioned in Genesis 2:9 And out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It seems to me that that tree in the background of our lives, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is what had cast us all out of the Garden and for an angel with a flaming sword to guard the way to the tree of life lest in our fallen state, we should eat and live forever. I believe that John 6:3 is a reference to the crucifixion and that tree of life upon which He would suffer and conquer death. Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. And in John 1:14a And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,

© 2014 Sherwood A. Burton – all rights reserved


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