(Maria Sandberg, "Glimpses of Heaven!" 1880)
"The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations." Revelation 22:2
We will not endeavor to explain this verse, but rather confine ourselves to meditation on a topic so delightful as the healing of our souls from the dreadful disease of sin.
If we are Christians, we know that our present state is one of spiritual sickness; and that none but Jesus can be our Physician. We have need continually to utter the cry, "Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You!" Daily and hourly have we need to go with our soul sicknesses and infirmities to our heavenly Physician, and entreat Him to heal us, and strengthen us.
Naturally there is no spiritual health in us; and it is, indeed, a source of exquisite joy when we feel that Jesus has, by His all-powerful Spirit, undertaken the cure of our souls. And exquisite also is the joyous prospect of entire renovation and spiritual health in Heaven, when we shall eat of the tree of life, and be completely healed! Oh, the more we know of our spiritual weaknesses, infirmities, and sins — the greater will be our joy at the prospect of eternal deliverance from them!
Blessed Savior! Undertake and carry on the work of restoration, until it is perfected in Your paradise above! In the case of our souls, we are sure that the blood of Jesus Christ can cleanse us, and the power of Jesus can heal us. Ours cannot be a desperate case, for our Physician is Almighty!
"The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin!" 1 John 1:7