“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. Isa 55:1-2 (NIV)
Most people usually place the picture of the Christmas tree on their walls to beautify the season. Some people buy the Christmas tree and lighten it on every Christmas eve. Good as this may be to add colour to the Christmas season, many do not know the spiritual significance of the Christmas tree and light. It would just be a ceremony if we just have the Christmas tree and light for beautification and colour.
During the era of reformation, Martin Luther was the first person to use a tree to celebrate Christmas. The week before the Christmas day, Luther found a small tree and decorated its branches with candles. Then on the Christmas eve, he lit the candles to represent the glory and beauty of the stars above Bethlehem on the night Christ was born. Therefore, the Christmas tree and light symbolize Christ as the King of Glory who came down from the heavens to shine the light of fulfillment of the scripture that says; “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them has the light shined”. Isaiah 9:2. When next you present your Christmas tree and light let its purpose be real in your experience and then you’ll celebrate better.
PASTOR ABEL ABIKIAJE