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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

December 21

ABCs of Christmas (T) – Genesis 2:9

What kind of Christmas tree do you have?

The “T” of Christmas could be Tree.

Christmas just would not seem complete without some kind of Christmas tree. Travel around the world during the Christmas season, and you will find Christmas trees in many sizes and shapes. They will be decorated in many different ways.

In the beginning God created all kinds of trees. There are three specific trees mentioned in the Bible and it may be that Christmas trees have some kind of relationship with them.

The Bible says that in the beginning, “out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil” (Genesis 2:9). God told Adam and Eve they could eat of the fruit from any tree He had created, except for the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God used this prohibition to teach them to believe and trust Him after they miserably failed the test.

The second tree that is specifically mentioned refers to the cross upon which Jesus was crucified. “The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree(Acts. 5:30). The Jews all clearly understood that Peter was preaching about Jesus’ death on the cross. Peter declared that Jesus’ resurrection from the dead was evidence that God accepted His death as the payment for their sins. Jesus “bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness” (I Peter 2:24).

Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, all believers will have access to the third tree—the tree of life. “To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God” (Revelation 2:7). What kind of Christmas tree do you have?