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Published on December 12th, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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In the Shadow of a Tree

Dr. Jed Snyder

1 Peter 1:19-21

Christine Wyrtzen composed the following words. “You were born in the shadow of a tree…” In this beautiful song, she expressed the truth that the very purpose of Jesus coming into this world was to pay the penalty for sin.

Those of us who know God personally were redeemed “…with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.” 1 Peter 1:19-21

Since we are now in the Christmas season, it is urgent for us to be reminded of the meaning of the season. The mass of Christ (Christmas) is specifically a special time for worshipping Jesus Christ. There is nothing in the meaning of the season that relates to “Jolly Old Saint Nicolas”, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, jingle bells or the myriad of similar ideas that omit Jesus Christ. I am not an old “Scrooge,” nor some old “kill-joy.” These things can be included for fun, but we should never forget that Jesus, the baby, is Jesus the crucified Savior. If we believe in the baby but don’t receive the Savior, we will not enter heaven. If we have warm, happy feelings about giving and receiving gifts, but do not receive the “gift of God” that is eternal life, these gifts will grow old, wear out and disappear without any long-term benefits for our spiritual well-being.

Please remember that the wooden feed trough in which the baby was placed, lovingly wrapped in baby blankets, looked ahead to the wooden cross upon which Jesus Christ died for our sins.

Happy remembering “the shadow of a tree.”

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