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The tree fit for a king

by: Pastor Judy Buffum-Hemmila of Crossfire Ministries

I love the Christmas season.  I enjoy everything about it.  The carols playing in the stores and complete strangers smiling and saying Merry Christmas!  Baking cookies with the grandkids and decorating the house. I usually have my very own festival of lights going on right in my living room. My children lovingly have always called me Mrs. Clause.
However, my favorite symbol of this awesome season is the tree.  I’d love to have a big beautiful tree in my living room year round. As it is, I leave it up until the end of January.  I was so happy to find that in some countries, this is normal, which I found comforting, and a tradition that I now claim.
I love to decorate the tree with special ornaments that friends and loved ones have purchased for me, especially the ones that catch the light.  Sometimes, I grab a cup of hot tea and just look at it for the longest time. It is just so peaceful to me.
That’s when I thought of another Tree that has always brought such peace to me.  It was chosen for “The King of Kings.” It isn’t a tree that you can find on a tree lot, or at a cut your own in an evergreen field.  It was a special tree that held the most precious ornament known to mankind—Jesus. It didn’t need twinkle lights, for the light of God’s glory still illuminates it for all the world to see.
This tree was the Cross of Calvary, which held the innocent body of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.  You see, to me this is the true Christmas Tree.
So, the next time you see a Christmas tree, covered with beautiful decorations,  I hope you remember that God loved you so much that He gave the most precious gift He had, His only son, Jesus, who hung upon that tree for all eyes to see and all hearts to know. Now, that was “The Tree Fit For A King.” It needs no lights, for He is the light of the world.
John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of Life.”

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