Saturday Morning Devotional
Easter at the Christmas Tree Farm
Have you seen any Easter trees this season? I just saw one last week at my doctor’s office! It was decorated really cute. I loved the pastel colors with the black and white pillows under the tree. However, to get the real meaning of Easter, we need to spend Easter at the Christmas tree farm.
Many years ago, Jay was the pastor of a church about 30 minutes away from our house. We had to go down several country roads to get there. One of the scenic views we passed each time was the back side of a Christmas tree farm.
My husband made several comments about the owners’ ability to grow nice trees. Over the years we watched little sprouts become pretty big trees. It was really neat to keep your eye on one or two of them and watch them fill out and grow. As we would drive past them, I usually tried to pick out which ones would be the best trees for decorating.
One Sunday as we were driving by, one of the little trees I had been watching caught my eye. Because it was turning out so nicely, I thought what a nice Christmas tree it would make one day. The color was beautiful, and the shape was nearly perfect! In my mind, I envisioned a family picking it out and cutting it down with joy.
I had known all along that this was the purpose of the Christmas tree farm. Now it suddenly occurred to me that the only reason these trees were planted was to die.
The Lord quickly showed me a very obvious analogy with Christ. I have heard most of my life that Christ came to Earth to save us (by dying), but this made the picture a little more clear for me. Dying to save us was His purpose from the very beginning.
He was “planted” here on Earth to die. Just as the trees are taken care of and nurtured during their life, He was taken care of and nurtured by His earthly parents. When the appointed time came, He was willing to be “cut down,” just like the trees are cut down. The difference here is in the purpose.
As we celebrate Easter, remember the reason He he was born. He was more than a baby in a manger, He was Salvation! Although He knew fully well what He would endure by coming here, He did it anyway because of His love for us. He was fulfilling His purpose – planted to be cut down. May we now see the symbolism even more and celebrate Easter at the Christmas tree farm!
“…’I was born for this, and I have come into the world for this: to testify to the truth…'”
“And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross!”
Christmas to Easter Quote
A Favorite Easter Song
This is one of my favorites – Dolly Parton singing “He’s Alive!”
This local Christmas tree farm (Kadee Farm) is a true jewel. I did not realize everything that they offered. Besides the obvious Christmas trees, they have a pumpkin patch, an event venue, a rock climbing wall, and many other activities. If you are in the area, please stop by and see them. You may even want to spend your Easter at the Christmas tree farm!
See the significance of the manger at His birth in “Lessons from the Christmas Manger.”
Have a Grace & Joy-filled day and a blessed Easter!
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