"To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified." Isaiah 61:3

Oh Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas Tree

“And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper” – Psalm 1:3

 Every Christmas people put up trees to decorate their homes, and place their presents under. A tree is representative of life, because a tree only grows where there IS life.  When it has the proper water it blossoms in its season, never withers, and prospers.

We first secure the tree, and then we adorn it with lights, and all sort of colored ornaments.  Then we place presents underneath the tree.

“They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.” – Jeremiah 10:4

 Jesus was born in a lowly stable, in a manger, made of the branches of trees. It is not known what type of wood it was made out of; however, I would assume acacia or cypress, or any one of the native trees at that time.  Then he died on a cross, made of wood.  They fastened him to the tree with nails, and crucified him.  Adorned him with a crown of nails, and mocked him underneath the tree.  Because of this – we have life.  I would say the truest Christ-mas tree, was the cross.  The water that gives us life, is the Holy Spirit, and Jesus is the light of the world.

We must be careful to put too much emphasis on the tree, the lights and the presents, and remember not what, but WHO we are celebrating.

The song says, O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, How steadfast are your branches.  The Lord compares us to trees in the bible.   (Jeremiah 17:8, Proverbs 11:30)

A tree is such a strong planting – steadfast; and although strong weather can sometimes knock a tree over, the roots stay strong.  No matter what we go through in life, we may get knocked over by the storms of life, but we have a root that is not easily broken, and a constant living water source that is ever flowing – The Holy Spirit.

Ever notice that when you cut down a tree, a stump is left behind with layers that you can see and count.  There is much history and strength in it.  A branch is not easily broken.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. – John 15:5

The rest of the song says, “Your boughs are green, in summer’s climb, And, through the snows of wintertime.  O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, How steadfast are your branches!”

The Lord is the root, and we are the branches, outstretched to give Him glory.  When you sit around the Christmas tree this year, and admire the lights, take a moment and be thankful for ALL that God has done,  as you reflect on the true meaning of this time of year.

Jesus was born to bring us light,as He is the light.  (John 8:12) He died on the tree that we might live.  Just as the wisemen saw the star that night, when you see the star at the top of the tree, it is symbolistic that He is our guide through the darkness.  The presents under the tree; the gifts we give each other, are to bring us joy.  Symbolistic of the life He died for us to have.

“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” – John 10:10

We are meant to have Joy!

 “Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun.” – Ecclesiastes 8:15

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!



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