In the middle of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bore twelve manner of fruits…
I. THE TREE OF LIFE BEARS FRUIT. "Twelve" — symbol of plenty. "Every month" — symbol of constancy. The tree of life is never without plenty of fruit. Every man can find in the Cross of Christ the particular blessing that will suit his need.
II. THE TREE OF LIFE IS THE PURIFIER OF THE WORLD. Does not the Cross of Christ heal the nations? Does it not turn evil into good, and change curses into blessings, and so maintain the balance of the moral world? We know how the story of the Cross, by its unselfish teachings, its spiritual influences, its pure precepts, its noble principles, has laid hold of nations, countries, and empires; how it has changed them gradually, powerfully, successfully; how it has lifted them up from superstition and corruption into the sweet light of culture and purity; how it has consolidated them and made them powers for good in God's world.
III. THE TREE OF LIFE IS OUR PROTECTION.
(J. G. Davies.)
Parallel VersesKJV: In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
WEB: in the middle of its street. On this side of the river and on that was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruits, yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.