The Gift of God's Grace - Symbolized through Unique Trees - Monday, November 27th
Although He (Jesus Christ) existed in the form of God, (He) did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philippine 2:6-8
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
There are numerous explanations for how a tree became an important part of celebrating Christmas. Regardless of how it came about, the Christmas tree has become a symbol of the birth of Jesus Christ that helps us celebrate the fact that He came. The Philippians passage wonderfully connects the birth of Jesus with His death on the cross. The cross is often referred to as a “tree.” And so we have a tree associated with his birth by tradition and the tree of the cross that was instrumental to His fulfilling in His death the reason he came in the first place. There is another Christmas tree that many people recall at Christmas time – the “Charlie Brown Christmas tree” – a tree that represents all that is less than we would like it to be; things that are weak, broken, or disappointing – but at the same time are more than we see them to be at first if we are willing to try a different perspective. Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree would have fit right in with the humble conditions of Christ’s birth. With the correct perspective our beautiful Christmas trees become a fitting symbol of our beautiful Savior who transformed the “lowliness” of His birth and the “ugliness” of His death with “beauty” beyond measure through the gift of his grace.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I am grasping even more the depth and extent of all the birth and death of Christ encompasses. The images of the trees really helps. All you put into your plan of redemption, all you did to accomplish it, and all you are doing to implement it in the lives of so many is truly amazing. Thanks for bringing your gift of grace to me. I am amazed at how you consistently transform my not so beautiful life with the beauty of your grace. Amen!
Posted on Mon, November 27, 2017
by Ken Hart