Posted by Joel Tiemeyer on Dec 09, 2018

O Christmas Tree – Two Trees #1

 

Isaiah 9:6

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

 

As we enter the Christmas Season we celebrate the Advent, the Birth and the salvation of our Savior Jesus. But as we celebrate Christ-mas, “Christ” meaning the anointed one and “mas” meaning to celebrate, we often spend time focusing on one tree when take two trees to complete the Christmas story.

 

The First Tree

We love the first tree. The lights, the ornaments, the gifts and we rearrange everything in the house to accommodate the first tree.

Some of us, for a two-month time period, the first tree is the focal point, the attractional piece for the season we call Christmas.

 

What if, the first tree (The Christmas Tree) was created by God for the sole purpose to become second tree (The Cross).

 

What if, just for a moment, we switched roles. What if we put our self in the in the role of the second Tree. 

  • The Tree that held the body of your Savior
  • The Tree that his body hung on
  • The Tree that carried the death of Jesus

 

II Corinthians 4:7-10

But we have thistreasurein jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.

 

By the sound of this scripture it is not “What if, just for moment” but we really are the second tree ‘10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus”.

 

The Second Tree

Power– “to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.”

Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world.”

If we want to shine bright like a decorated first tree we must understand the power for the light starts at becoming the second tree.

Strength– “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;”

When we see the first tree, with power running through it, things adorning it, gifts under it, and we marvel at the strength of the trunk and branches; we must remember that the strength of the first tree comes from the second tree.

Life– “10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.”

When we see the life of the first tree, which is the born-again us, that life came because there was a second tree.

O Anointed Tree

I titled this series “Oh Christmas Tree” but if Christ-mas, “Christ” meaning the anointed one and “mas” meaning to celebrate, which tree is the Anointed Tree?

 

It is the Anointed Tree, the second tree that give Power, Strength and Life. Today come to the second tree and truly celebrate for the first time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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