The Christmas Tree

Posted: 26 December, 2008 in Ponderings
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The Christmas Tree,Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 1954

There are many sayings of how the Christmas tree became associated with Christmas; many believe it predates Christianity. In the early days of the Christian Church, and even up until the 19th century, the use of evergreen decorations and trees during Christmas was discouraged or prohibited because of its Pagan associations. Ironically, some people now object to the public display of a Christmas tree because of the Christian symbolism it has relatively recently come to represent.

The Christmas Tree, Christmas Tree

Today, the Christmas tree is enjoyed as a holiday decoration by people of many cultures and religions. But to Christians especially, it is a great reminder of another tree. One that is less colorful, less brilliance and less glamorous. It is a tree that hanged only one precious thing, that is our Lord Jesus. So whenever you see a Christmas tree, think of the gift of the renewed life under the tree, the symbol of Christ’s sacrifice, death, resurrection and His promise of a glorious eternal life.

Christ redeemed us from that self-defeating, cursed life by absorbing it completely into himself. Do you remember the Scripture that says, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”? That is what happened when Jesus was nailed to the cross: He became a curse, and at the same time dissolved the curse. And now, because of that, the air is cleared and we can see that Abraham’s blessing is present and available for non-Jews, too. We are all able to receive God’s life, his Spirit, in and with us by believing—just the way Abraham received it.   Galatians 3:13-14

  1. King David says:

    I totally agree that Christmas is not the actual birth date of Christ Jesus. The Roman Church then wanted to replace the pagan festival with a Christian holy day (holiday). The idea was that is easier to take away a traditional pagan festival from the population, when you can replace it with something else. Otherwise, the church would have left a void where there was a long-standing tradition, and risked producing a discontented population and a rapid return to the old ways.

    I don’t know if this was the best way but then it didn’t matter. Whatever it is, on this day, if we can bring more people to know about a God who came as a baby and died on a tree for you and me, then anyday is a good day.

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