Jay's eDevotionals  

Dec 11

The True Christmas Tree

A treasured part of my childhood family Christmas tradition was to pile into my Dad’s old blue truck and search for the perfect Christmas tree. In the center of our Texas ranch, there stood a gathering of cedar trees. We would travel to this collection of evergreens and hunt for the correct Christmas tree. In reality, our tree was generally short, squatty and lop-sided, but in my child’s eyes, I thought our tree was the personification of perfection. After ample discussion, Dad would take his sharp ax and cut the fragrant-smelling conifer and hoist it onto the truck. We would return home and start the process of decorating our treasure. Dad anchored the stump of the tree among some rocks in a galvanized bucket. Our decorations consisted of popcorn that was strung together like a necklace, silver tinsel that resembled icicles, some fragile red glass balls, and a couple of strings of colorful lights.
 
What type of Christmas tree will you have this year?
 
The ultimate symbol of Christmas is not a brightly decorated tree, but it is the dark Tree of Calvary. Christ’s priceless gift of the Cross contains God’s ultimate expression of love for the human family. Jesus explained, “No greater love has any man than to give his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) Through the cruel tree of Calvary, God took one Son, two boards and three nails to make a bridge that stretches all the way from earth to heaven.
 
This year, when you see a Christmas tree, train your eye to see the Cross of Calvary. Then passionately pass on God’s great message of love and liberation to perishing people.  Show people CHRIST in CHRISTmas. Intentionally transport seekers from the Christmas tree to the saving Cross of Calvary.  Serve along with the Angels as God’s messengers who joyously proclaim, “I bring you good news of great joy to all people, for unto you is born this day in the city of David a SAVIOR who is Christ the Lord!” (Luke 2:10-11)

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