THE JESUS TREE
Photo by Marilyn Ferguson
The life size figure of Jesus Christ protrudes mysteriously from a
knotted growth in an old tree in the tiny Roman Catholic Cemetery
located in Quincy, Illinois (pop. 40,000) which is nestled in West
Central Illinois along the Mississippi River.
The phenomenon was first discovered by a cemetery worker a few years
ago. He stood in awe upon making the discovery and kept the secret
to himself for several days before sharing it with others. The
miraculous image cannot be fully appreciated unless one stands at a
certain distance and angle thereby explaining why the figure had not
been discovered earlier.
Both the Quincy Herald-Whig newspaper and KHQA television station
ran stories on it and provided coverage. When word got out people
flocked to the cemetery to see the spectacular site. According to
Ruby Cookson, a spokesman for the Roman Catholic Cemetery
Association nearly 2,000 people were visiting daily and in a very
short time, the guestbook located next to the tree had acquired over
30,000 signatures however many people visiting did not sign. As of
July 1998 there were signatures from 48 states including Alaska and
Hawaii and 20 foreign countries.
A fence was placed around the tree to provide some protection
because people were peeling pieces of bark from the tree to take
home as souvenir's. There was also concern because the grounds
around the tree had been worn bare by the many thousands of visitors
who visited each week.
People have hung crosses on the image, others have laid bouquets of
flowers at the foot, and some have gone so far as to leave stuffed
The first time I visited the site..... I immediately saw what
everyone had been talking about. Here was a life size figure of
Jesus embedded within a huge knot in an old tree. One can quickly
see the image of Jesus cradling what appears to be a lamb. The head
of the lamb is visible directly above the folded arms of Jesus.
Jesus is attired in a long robe and has a staff beside Him which
seems to be leaning on the right side of the tree. It was very
obvious to me that the tree has been untouched as far as anyone
trying to alter its make up in order for it to appear the way it
Has it evolved through natural means or perhaps through some divine
intervention? Feelings are varied but most walk away with a
lingering thought in their minds and that is the figure of Jesus
does seem to be outlined in the bark and protruding from the knot of
One of the notes that stood out in the guestbook was that of a
mysterious fellow who visited on Sept. 05, 1998.
Could this man have been an angel???? Please take a moment to read
the words he wrote as shared with me by Ruby Cookson, a spokesman for
the Roman Catholic Cemetery Assn. in Quincy, Illinois.
9/5/98 "Teach repentance
and the remission of sin in this country that has turned its back on
God (even to the point of condoning same sex marriages). I tell you
to prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ. This vile pervertedness
will be dealt with by the hand of God. God said, "if you belong to
me, you will bring up My name."
Without delay seek Jesus Christ more than you have ever considered
doing so. Understand the only power the devil has is the power you
give him. God doesn't care about yesterday. Come to His Son with
true repentance today. If you continue putting Him off, you will
surely go to Hell.
God said to take a strong stand against evil, so do it! Sometimes
love requires correction. Be gentle and be firm with God's law and
understand there is no middle place. You are either for or against
Our Lord. Pray for all the world that they may seek Jesus. Condemn
no one but understand there is no middle place. You are either for
or against Our Lord. Pray for all the world that they may seek
Jesus. Condemn no one but understand a time may come when you need
to kick the dust from your feet.
Love, Peace & Calm A homeless man with an Angel
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