Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 18, 2016

Eternal Life

Since there are more days in Advent before Christmas day we will look at some of the symbols of Christmas.  Symbols are good for they remind us of what they represent.  But they’re only good as long as they are not our focus but remain as a guide to keep our focus on the meaning behind them.

CHRISTMAS TREE:  Evergreens were worshiped by many pagan cultures as symbols of immortality.  When the Germans were converted to Christianity in the early 700’s,  In the early 700’s, they demolished “the Oak of Thor” tree which they had worshiped.  A fir tree came up from the roots of the demolished tree. It came to represent the “Tree of Life” in the Garden of Eden since the needles stay green all year.  It represents the eternal life given to us when we accept Jesus, God’s Son, into our hearts, minds and life as our Lord and Savior.  As we look at evergreen trees let us remember (John 3:16-17 NIV) 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  This is why, I personally, don’t like to use anything but a green fir tree.  It is the green that represents eternal life.  May we take extra time today to thank God for this gift of life through His Son and may we share this gift with others.

 

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