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The Jesus Tree


Photo by Marilyn Ferguson ©1998

"The life size figure of Jesus Christ protrudes mysteriously
 from a knotted growth on an aging pin birch tree 
that is approximately 150 years old. It is worth the visit to this
 tiny Roman Catholic Cemetery located in 
Quincy, Illinois USA (pop. 40,000)

Quincy is nestled in West Central Illinois along the
 Mississippi River. A cemetery worker first discovered
the phenomenon several 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 guest book 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. The tree which has acquired the name of "The Jesus Tree"
 is also known by many in the area as "The Good Shepherd Tree."
 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 souvenirs. 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 animals and photos of loved ones. 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 does. 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 the tree. One of the notes that stood out in the
guest book was that of a mysterious fellow who visited on Sept. 05, 1998.
 Could this man have been a Messenger sent from God????
 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. The hand of God will deal
 with this vile perverseness. God said, "If you belong to me,
 you will bring up My name." Without delays 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 the entire 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 the entire 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
 Wayland, Mo.


If anyone should decide to take a trip to view this tree,

I strongly suggest that they stand about 15 or 20 feet

away from the figure at the N.E. corner where it is roped off.

From this location you will receive the best view. I recently

had a fellow e-mail me to ask me if perhaps the figure

had been nailed to the tree. My reply to him was that this

was completely natural and untouched by anyone. The figure

blends in perfectly with the grain of the wood. Strangely enough,

when standing next to the tree, the figure appears completely

invisible and looks like nothing more than a big knotted growth,

however, when you stand back a ways, the figure just seems to

jump out at you. It's rather remarkable, I think.

©2003 Marilyn Ferguson

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I asked a few of my personal acquaintances and family

members their thoughts on the tree.

Here are some of their responses:


Carolyn Potter:

 Wake up call for us before it's too late.

Jesus wants all of us to come to Him and be saved.

Hopefully with this and other signs, more people will be saved.

Roberta Meyer:

Quite taken in by the site. It could mean a number of things.

Sandy Searle:

The figure is quite interesting. It has been said "the Lord's

handiwork is all over creation and I would say that the

tree is a good example.

Jeanette Jones:

It's hard to decipher the meaning of the tree.

Peggy Meyer:

The tree certainly looks like the figure of Jesus.

Pat Kelly:

You can definitely see the figure of Jesus in the tree.

Darlene Hood:

It's a special tree.

Rose Carpenter:

People are always looking for a sign from God. They probably

believe if they can touch it, it will cure them or do away

with their sins. It is a wonder.

Cindy Drake:

The figure is so cool!

Ollie Weese:

The tree is a reminder that Jesus is watching over us.

Evelyn Taylor: The figure of Christ looks exactly

as the Bible pictures Him.

 Coincidence, phenomenon or miraculous discovery

you decide???? If you have a moment...... e-mail me your thoughts.


There is no charge to view the "Jesus Tree" and the

cemetery is open to the public from 7:00 a.m. until dark.

It can be viewed at the following location:

Roman Catholic Cemetery

1730 North 18th St.

Quincy, Illinois 62301

United States of America

Phone #  217-223-3390 or 217-223-3395


Author/Written By:

Marilyn Ferguson ©2002


SPECIAL NOTE: This page and fact that I took this

photo in a Roman Catholic Cemetery does not in any way

indicate my religious preference. It was placed here solely

with the intent of planting a seed of faith in the minds of

those seeking to find some visible evidence that Christ does

indeed exist in a world where there is so much uncertainty.

One thing is for certain! Jesus is as alive today as He was

in Biblical times if we will only seek Him! It is my firm

belief that God will not discriminate against all forms of

religions. I do believe, however, that the road to heaven is

narrow but there will be other denominations also lining the

entrance to heaven. We will all go before Him and give an

account of our lives. I believe the 'day of reckoning' is drawing

closer with each breath we take and I take a firm stance in the

fact that Jesus is the only way to eternal life.

John 14:6 KJV

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:

no man cometh the Father, but by me.


"You'll Never Walk Alone"

Heavenly Midis




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