I hope you are having a wonderful time during this Christmas season.
The Christmas tree can be considered an essential, and even indispensable, decorative item for the Yuletide season.
But have you ever thought about its significance in the midst of Christmas parties and celebrations?
Oh Christmas Tree!
By Joanne Liaw Sook Ling (2nd December 2014)
'Father, isn't this a beautiful Christmas tree?'
Little Tom asked his father, Thomas, gleefully
'Yes, it is,' Thomas said as he turned on the lights
Which shone so brightly on the cold December night
'Father, since Christmas is about Christ, the Baby
What is the significance of a Christmas tree?'
Thomas thought a while before he answered his son
'There are a few stories on this, not only one
But I will try to put those stories together
Amalgamate them to give you the best answer:
In Europe during the eleventh century
'Paradise plays' were performed with a Christmas tree
Adorned with apples of the Paradise tree
From which the first man and woman rebelliously
Ate of the forbidden fruit for they sought to be
God's equal; but nakedness was all they could see
God pardoned Adam and Eve in His great mercy
But their sin brought God’s wrath upon humanity
The Christmas tree represents the iniquity
Of mankind who shook their fists at the Almighty'
Tom looked alarmed at this juncture of the story
'You mean that is all there is to the Christmas tree?'
Thomas chuckled as he held his little son's hand
'That would have been the end if God didn't have a plan
To save the sinful human race from damnation
Through His promise of the Saviour's Incarnation
Jesus Christ came, as a little baby, to earth
Delivered in Bethlehem town through virgin birth
The evergreen trait of the fir tree signifies
Life in the midst of death, rebirth in place of demise
Jesus stood in our place and bore the penalty
Of our sin through suffering, pain and death on the Tree
Thus, the Christmas tree symbolises both a tree
Of sin and a tree of life for humanity
Those who reject Jesus as their Saviour will face
Death for their sin; with no Saviour to take their place
But those who repent will find grace and Salvation
In Jesus Christ who promises us redemption
From the curse of sin; the tree of iniquity
Has become a tree of life; from sin we are free'
Tom reflected on the story he had just heard
He pondered deeply over his dear father's words
'Now I know that there is more to the Christmas tree
It's a Tree of life for sinners like you and me'
Points for Reflection:
For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.
(1 Corinthians 15:22 ESV)
· Do you believe you are a sinner?
· Have you put your trust in Jesus Christ?
· Although you may consider yourself a Christian, are you treating Jesus as the Master of your life who determines what is right and wrong? Or are you still holding on tightly to the reins of your life?
· Are there areas in your life that you need to repent from? God is more than willing to forgive and help sinners who sincerely repent and seek to overcome temptations and sin. Although we may fall in our combat against sin from time to time, let us continue the good fight of faith in prayer and with the enabling power of the Holy Spirit.
· In the midst of Christmas festivities, what does this season really mean to you?