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A Christmas Tree? A Picture of the True Meaning of Christmas?

Celebrations & traditionsMarci AnthonyComment

"Let the heavens rejoice and be glad. let the fields be jubilant and everything in them.  Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy." Psalms 96:11-12 NIV

Trees: green, gold, silver, tall, short, fruit, pine cones, all a special gift from God, the Creator.  One of God's trees is a reminder of everlasting life, yes, the green Christmas tree. (Green is the color for life.) 

For many years of my life, beginning as a child, I lived without a Christmas tree in our family home.  One of my parents did not believe in a decorated tree. They thought it a form of idolatry.  As a child, I did not understand how this could be possible. A dead, green tree Idolatry?  We know idolatry is when we love something great or small, living or dead more than God. 

Unfortunately, Christmas tends to draw us away from God with all the lights, hustle and bustle of activities, gifts, and yes, even family and friends. So, how can a Christmas Tree draw our attention back to the true meaning of Christmas?  

On the tree hangs a manger, a symbol of the first Christmas. Our God, who loved us so much, placed His Son, Jesus in that manger. The green tree illuminates the room with light, a reminder that Jesus is the light of the world.  Our eyes rest on the top of the tree. We may see a star!  In Philippians 2:15 we are told to shine like the stars in the world.  As the star led the wise men to Christ, so our light will lead the lost in the dark world to Christ.   Nearby we may see a crown of thorns. Yes, Jesus died on a tree, but greater still is His crown.  Resurrection!   Jesus our Savior is alive today. Imagine, a green Christmas tree with all the Lord's trimmings. 

As you look at the Christmas Tree this Christmas season, may it bring about a new message, as it did for me.  Joy to the World, the Lord has Come.  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!  

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Matthew 12:33; Exodus 20:4; I Peter 2:24; I Corinthians 10:14; Isaiah 44:9; Matthew 2:2; 2 Peter 1:19; II Samuel 22:29; Psalms 18:28; Matthew 5:16; John 1:7 

Action | 

Be purposeful this Christmas. May the light in you shine bright as you share the love of Christ in all your activities. 

Prayer | 

Lord, help me to focus on the true joy and meaning of Christmas so I will be ready for Your coming. Amen  

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