Third Advent Christmas 2017

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A child asked the Pastor “Does God in heaven have a Christmas Tree?”  In Matthew 21:16 Jesus says “‘From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise’a]?”  We also looked at multiple passages of scripture that speak of the cross, of the tree that Jesus was crucified on.  So from these passages, both new and Old Testament it is not that much of a stretch to say this morning, but yes, Jesus has His very own Christmas tree. It is no ordinary tree. This tree is the qualifier for mankind’s salvation in and through the person and work of his son Jesus by His sacrificial death on the tree, the old rugged Cross. We have salvation, the remission of sin and guilt, we are saved. That’s where the trees radically differ, Christ’s from ours. Rather under Christ’s tree the imperishable gifts of infinite value and worth, there which are purchased by the death of God’s son again, on the tree, on the cross. Can you see where I’m going with this and how it fits the Christmas scene today? And as we think about God’s spiritual Christmas tree we find that it’s an atonement tree. With all life giving gifts,