This little CHRISTmas tree we have is made from Silver Tinsel. There is a Silver Star at its top. The tree lights are all white and they glow intensely in the dark. The tree is 2 ½ feet tall and it sits on a table in front of the window. This is the very first CHRISTmas tree I have owned that when you look at it…you only see JESUS. The tree is small like Jesus was when He came down from heaven to be born of a virgin at the Incarnation. Can you believe that God miraculously entered the womb of a virgin named Miriam as prophesied back in Genesis? That God became a Holy Embryo so He could be born and grow up to become the God/man, the Messiah of the Old Testament and later the Christ of the Cross. Do you understand that His only purpose in doing that was to save you from yourself? That He came to die in your place so that you would have eternal life and not eternal death.
Jesus was born in a manger and myriads of Holy Angels announced His birth to mankind. God His Father tore open the darkness that enveloped this planet to allow Holy Light to come through from heaven. This light washed over the faces of Shepherds in the field. God still honors Shepherds today who take their responsibility to share the light of Christ with their sheep. Shepherds who lift up Christ and NOT themselves. There were no gifts given at His Birth, except God’s gift of His Son to you personally. The gifts given by the Magi came two years later. This little CHRISTmas tree represents the gift that Christ gives to you…the gift of HIS LIGHT.
It is pitch black now in my living room. I am aware of only two things. Both give my heart Joy as I now anticipate the celebration of CHRISTmas. The first is the sound of laughing water from our fountain. It fills my ears as I am reminded ONLY JESUS is the Living Water that will quench the thirst of my Soul. As I sit now in the darkness of my living room I see the second item of Joy, which is the little CHRISTmas tree of lights on the table by the window. Interesting as I approach the lights how my shadow runs and hides behind me. It reminds me that even though I have the assurance of my salvation I continually need to be bathed in the Light of the Word of the Living God to keep my sins behind me. That is what Christ came to do for you at CHRISTmas. His light while drawing you to HIMSELF at the same time drives out the shadow within you, which is the sin you were born with.
CHRISTmas is simple to understand because it is really not about us but about HIM. The Story of CHRISTtmas existed before our universe was created. It is a story from Eternity past that bridges Time to Eternity future. That bridge in Time is a tree. You see the real CHRISTmas tree was the CROSS that Jesus was nailed to. But as the lyrics from one songwriter say…it was not the nails that held HIM there…it was HIS Love for you that held HIM there.
As I look across the room to the door wall I see two more things. I see my outline in shadow and the bright lights of the little CHRISTmas tree reflected there next to me. The scene in the door wall reminds me that Jesus, the LIGHT of the World has already come. It reminds me that His light, which is the Spiritual Fire ignited within the heart of every true believer; will shine brighter against the darkness of the people of this world…until HE Comes Again as the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings to claim what is rightfully HIS. Today we see through a mirror dimly, but soon the darkness will be swallowed up by Light and you and I who believe in JESUS; will live forever by SON-LIGHT.