Our sweet artificial Christmas tree has been all over the world and is the worst for wear. Not only has our tree traveled everywhere in its now beat-up box but it is thirty-two years old! Each Christmas I think will be its last with its frayed and missing branches. But each year I end up squeezing one more year out of it! There are so many memories attached to this tree that I cannot bear to part with it. But someday it will be too ratty and will be thrown away.
Its ironic that there is so much attention given to the Christmas tree. The description of Heaven in Revelation talks about an eternal tree that stands in the streets of the New Jerusalem. This is a tree of life that spans a river of life flowing from the throne of God. Its leaves are for the healing of the nations (verse 2). The only ones who can enjoy this tree are those whose robes are washed. This is what the Lord does for the believer, clothing us with a robe of HIS righteousness (Isaiah 61:10).
My Christmas tree is soon put away for hopefully another year. And for those putting up a live tree, it will eventually droop, dry up and lose its needles. But the eternal tree of life represents a beauty and joy that will last forever! The joy and peace I experience over holidays will one day be the every-day-normal! The curse will be lifted and because I belong to Him, I will enjoy Eden restored!
Thank you Lord, that the birth of Your Son gives me life now and eternally!