In John 14 Jesus told Thomas “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me.”
When the Sabbath was drawing near a Roman soldier pierced Jesus’ side with a spear. We are told in John 19 “immediately blood and water came out.” But I wanted to share something else that came to me about this incident.
Way back in the Garden of Eden there were two trees. One was known as the “Tree of the Knowledge of good and evil” and the other was “The Tree of Life.” Adam was told not to eat of the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil but of course we know he did and subsequently Adam and Eve were kicked out of the Garden. Remember what Jesus told Thomas “I am the life.”
The Bible tells us after God drove Adam out “at the east of the Garden of Eden he stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.” In other words, there was absolutely no way Adam could get passed the cherubim to partake of the Tree of Life. If he had tried to he would have been pierced by the cherubim’s sword and died.
Some of you may have already caught on to what I am saying but for those that haven’t let me continue. The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus.” The only way we can ever hope to have eternal life is by way of Jesus Christ himself. The only way to obtain eternal life for us is by way of his death on the cross. Jesus said, “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”
There was one other unimaginable event that took place when Jesus died on the cross. “Behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom…” So let me see if I can sum this up. The only way for Adam (man) to be able to partake of the Tree of Life was if he could get passed the cherubim’s flaming sword. Jesus is the way and when he died the way into the holy of holies was opened. Incidentally the curtain or veil just so happened to have Cherubim embroidered on it. Apparently the Holy of Holies was a representation of the Tree of Life and since the sacrifice of Jesus we are free to go in. When the Roman soldier went to make sure Jesus was dead he pierced his side with a spear. Could this all be trying to tell us Jesus took the piercing of the cherubim in order to open the way to the Tree of Life for man again?
Jesus said “I am the life no one comes to the Father (Tree of Life) but by me.” If Jesus hadn’t given his life to be pierced we could have never made our way to the Tree of Life and therefore we would have been doomed to live outside of fellowship with God. There is not many ways to Everlasting Life, but I thank God he did provide a way!
Written by Louie