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Christmas Tree and the Cross


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Christmas Tree and the Cross

  1. 1. Why?
  2. 2. Why?
  3. 3. What Story are we telling?
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  6. 6. Ancient pagans used to cut evergreen boughs and bring them in their homes around Dec. 20-23 to recognize the winter solstice. 600 B.C. Middle Eastern pagans were bringing felled trees into their homes and decorating them. Jeremiah warned Jews to stop copying this practice. (Jer 10:2-4) Early Christians were condemned for copying pagan practice ofadorning their homes with lamps and boughs of laurel at Christmas.English Puritans condemned “heathen practices like carols, decorated trees, and any joyful expression that desecrated the sacred event.” The modern Christmas tree tradition dates back to Western Germany in the 16th century. The decorated Christmas tree only began to catch on slowly in the mid-19th century in America. Today, the Christmas Tree has become accepted by most Christians, by people of other faiths, and for those who do not follow an organized religion.
  7. 7. Luke 2 8 There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby. It was night, and they were looking after their sheep. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them. And the glory of the Lord shone around them. They were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy. It is for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord. 12 Here is how you will know I am telling you the truth. You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a large group of angels from heaven also appeared. They were praising God. They said, 14 “May glory be given to God in the highest heaven! And may peace be given to those he is pleased with on earth!”
  8. 8. Luke 2 15 The angels left and went into heaven. Then the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem. Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and the baby. The baby was lying in the manger. 17 After the shepherds had seen him, they told everyone. They reported what the angel had said about this child. 18 All who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary kept all these things like a secret treasure in her heart. She thought about them over and over. 20 The shepherds returned. They gave glory and praise to God. Everything they had seen and heard was just as they had been told.
  9. 9. 13 Christ set us free from the curse of the law. He did it byGalatians becoming a curse for us. It is written, “Everyone who is hung on a pole is under God’s curse.” 3 Deuteronomy 21 23 his body shall not remain overnight on the tree, but you shall surely bury him that day, so that you do not defile the land which the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance; for he who is hanged is accursed of God. (NKJV)
  10. 10. 15 Christ is the exact likeness of God, who can’t be seen. He isColossian first, and he is over all of creation. 16 All things were created by him. He created everything in heaven and on earth. He created s1 everything that can be seen and everything that can’t be seen. He created kings, powers, rulers and authorities. Everything was created by him and for him. 17 Before anything was created, he was already there. He holds everything together. 18 And he is the head of the body, which is the church. He is the beginning. He is the first to be raised from the dead. That happened so that he would be far above everything. 19 God was pleased to have his whole nature living in Christ. 20 God was pleased to bring all things back to himself because of what Christ has done. That includes all things on earth and in heaven. God made peace through Christ’s blood, through his death on the cross.
  11. 11. God’s only beloved Jesus proved onceSon Jesus came to and for all that hebe born on earth so alone is ourthat he would one Salvation by dyingday grow up to for the world’s sinssave us from oursins and give hopeto a lost world. ? ? and coming back to life three days later. Christmas means nothing without the Cross.
  12. 12. This is God’s story and God is sticking to it.