Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.Revelation 22:1-5
This is a beautiful picture of what awaits those who have surrendered their life to Jesus. We essentially get invited into the new Garden of Eden, the throne room of God, the new Temple, the new Jerusalem.
We don’t yet get to eat the fruit from the tree of life but one day we will. Yet, I do believe we have access to the leaves of the tree of life. The leaves of the tree bring healing. And we do get to participate in healing (even if it is only partial) in the here and now.
One of the primary aspects of Jesus’s ministry was healing the physically sick and healing souls through casting out demons. Healing is a major emphasis when Jesus ushers in the Kingdom of God.
Jesus passes that same ministry of healing to his own disciples (Matthew 10:1-8) and then also to us (Matthew 28:20; Mark 16:17-18). Jesus goes so far as to say, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father”(John 14:12).
Our role now as disciples of Jesus is to learn how to harvest the leaves of healing and distribute them to those around us who are hurting. The tree of life has a continual source of water and is in a continual harvest season. It never runs out of leaves. There is always more than enough. Our task now is to learn how to cooperate with the Spirit, as we follow the direction of the Father, to see people get healed all around us.