Prince Albert’s Tree

1 Peter 2:24He personally bore our sins in His own body on the tree (as on an altar and offered Himself on it) that we might die (cease to exist) to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed (AMP).

Queen Victoria of England dearly loved her German prince, Albert. She stuck beside him when the country reviled him for bringing a ‘heathenish’ decorated tree to the Christmas celebrations. Even now, some people consider the Christmas tree to be an unnecessary part of the holiday. The rest of us decorate our trees with every kind of bauble known to man. Magazines glisten with theme trees of every colour, decorated with everything from mice to beer cans.

Our family tree is old-fashioned green. Its theme is love. Covered with memories of holidays past, it glows with generations of child hood mementoes and the tiny nativity scenes I collect.

At Christmas, we all like to dwell on Jesus’ birth. It’s about a baby! It’s sweet, warm and fuzzy. But the Christmas tree is there to remind us of the Easter tree. Jesus bore our sins on that tree so that we might stop sinning. What did we hang on His Christmas tree this year? Was it selfishness, jealousy, swearing or gluttony? Let’s leave it there.

Prayer: Lord God, thank you for the Jesus tree. Without it, we could never be all you want us to be. Help us hang the worst of ourselves on it, forever. In grateful thanks to your son, Jesus. Amen.

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