It is morning, and the light is peering through the window of the door giving light to the house. From my seat in a black pin legged chair against the wall I see the tree my wife and I brought in from outside. We decorated it with lights, bells, and some ornaments.
There is much that could be said about an evergreen tree. When I was younger I wondered why a tree would be brought inside the house, and why we put lights on it, why gifts would be placed beneath its branches.
I think now I know why…
During christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Who lived a perfect sinless life, performed miracles, brought the good news, gave gifts to mankind, and in perfect obedience, because of his love for his Father, allowed himself to be taken by his creation, subjected to being beaten, mocked, and crucified, having the wrath of God poured out on himself instead of us, the guilty.
Crucified upon a tree.
When I look at the tree in our home. I see many things.
I see, like the tree remains ever green, Jesus remains ever the same.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
We bring the tree inside our home and see it every day, I should bring Christ into myself more and more each day.
“Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom.”
-James 4:7-9 (Emphasis mine)
I see lights on the tree, and like the lights Jesus said he is “…the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
Like Christ is the Light of the world we are called to “…do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life.”
-Phil. 2:14-16a (Emphasis mine)
“…You are the light of the world. A city that is set of a hill cannot be hidden…Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
-Matt. 5:14,16 (Emphasis mine)
The tree needs also to be kept in water. Jesus Christ said “…whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
We place gifts under the tree. Jesus brings the greatest of all gifts. He brings you the ability to know God.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.
But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
Though the tree will die, and be put out the house when the season is over, it is only a symbol for us. Remember what Christmas is. Do not just look around but observe what is around you. Ask WHY? Search for answers.
In a simple thing as seeing my Christmas tree I heard the word of God brought to my mind by the Holy Spirit. Text after text, word upon word. This is what it means to walk with God. This is what it means to hear His voice.
Jesus Loves you and He wants you to know the Father, and believe in Him. It is my prayer and desire that you would do just that. Jesus is real, he can be known, and he wants you to know him.