12/17/16: It’s All About the Tree

images-1I absolutely love Christmastime. This is the time of the year when the entire world pays attention to Jesus, whether they realize they’re doing it or not. Had it not been for His intrusion into human history, December would just be another month. There would be no reason to decorate our houses with dazzling light displays for after all, Jesus is “the light of the world” (John 8:12 NKJ). There’d be no reason to send joyful greetings to each other, for after all, the angels said that their announcement of Jesus’ coming was “good tidings of great joy which will be to all people” (Luke 2:10).

Most exciting out of all the decorations is the Christmas tree. For me, that one symbol represents the entire message of the season. Here’s this beautiful piece of nature – nature that Jesus Himself created. (But wait, doesn’t Genesis 1:1 say that “God created the heavens and the earth”? Indeed it does; however, keep reading. God created via His Word, and we find in the book of John chapter one that God’s Word was made flesh in the form of Jesus, and “all things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”) So as I was saying, here’s this beautiful piece of nature, this tree, that Jesus Himself created, and we decorate it with gorgeous colored ornaments and lights to help us celebrate the joy of His birthday. The beauty of Christmas trees makes us smile because we should be happy about His coming. The artistry of the light displays should make us feel awe in the same way we are awestruck by the fact that He would leave Heaven to bring God’s light to us.

But more importantly, this Christmas, I am captivated by the thought that 33 years after the beautiful morning of His birth came the dark Friday of His crucifixion. That same amazing symbol of His advent – a tree – now would be used as the worst possible torture device mankind could devise – a cross. The very item He lovingly fashioned to cover the earth with beauty, provide food and shelter, and supply products for the benefit of mankind like wood and paper, would now be hewn down and twisted to murder its own Creator. If I had been the tree used to make the Cross, I would have been pleading with the Romans, “Please don’t make me do this. You don’t understand. He made me who I am.” Perhaps this is why we read in Romans 8:21-22 that “creation (nature) itself [needs to] be delivered from the bondage of corruption… For we know that the whole creation groans.” Perhaps the Cross was listening in when Jesus asked God to “forgive [His killers]; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34 KJV).

These Christmas thoughts about the Christmas tree may explain why, for all the trouble it may be, I love a living Christmas tree, even if it’s a small one. The beauty of my Creator’s handiwork, the advent of my Lord’s earthly life, and the enormity of my Savior’s sacrifice are all represented by that tree. Enjoy the décor, enjoy the holiday season, enjoy Jesus. It’s all about the tree.

(c)2016 Sharon Norris Elliott


~ by sanewriter on December 17, 2016.

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