SYMBOLOGY IN THE CHRISTMAS TREE
I have a beautiful Christmas tree in my house, with lights, streamers, ornaments and a star on top. As do so many, I love having a Christmas tree and decorating it.
It is wonderful to contemplate the symbology and correspondences of the Christmas tree. People like to tell how the Christmas tree has roots in a pagan ceremony, but it is very much a Christian symbol.
The Bible begins with a tree and ends with a tree, The tree of life appears in both the opening and closing chapters of the Bible (Genesis 2-3 and Revelation 22). In Genesis, God places the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the middle of the Garden of Eden, where the tree of life stands as a symbol of God’s life-giving presence. In the last chapter of Revelation near the end, the scripture reads: “Blessed are those who wash their robes. They will be permitted to enter through the gates of the city and eat the fruit from the tree of life.” (Revelation 22:14)
Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus – the birth of God on earth. Jesus accomplishes the last temptation on the cross, which is the trunk of a tree, and the horizontal bar of thje cross like a branch. In dying on a tree He accomplished the glorification. Now we place a tree and decorate it in our homes every Christmas in commemoration of His brith and saving humanity. A tree in general represents renewal and regeneration. “He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit”. (Jeremiah 17:8)
The gifts that are put under the tree commemorate the story of the three kings that made in incredible trek to witness the great event of the birth of God on earth and to worship the baby Jesus. They gave him gifts of Gold, Myrrh and Frankincense. We also place our gifts under the tree and give to others.
The varied ornaments on the tree correspond to the many brilliant truths of life that come from the Lord like a fountain. In correspondences, leaves on the tree of life represent all the particular truths from the Lord that are available for reception into our hearts and minds. The lights on the Christmas tree have a deep meaning. Originally the lights were candles. A candle symbolizes Christ, specifically his self-giving love and the gifts of life we receive from Him. The candle provides light and warmth as it consumes its own substance, the wax. The wax and wick form a union that springs forth and sustains a flame when lit. So too, Jesus gives of his own substance – He merged his body and soul into perfect union and thus glorified His body so that light was exponentially more available to man. And this light is the source of never ending in-filling love. He ‘drew all things unto himself’. And, when we are regenerated, and thus have light in ourselves, we give to others. Nowadays, for candles we have lights shining on our tree.
Christmas trees are evergreens.
The Star on the top of the Christmas tree is the crowning symbol. The star that shown above Bethlehem on Baby Jesus is a manifestation of the holiness of the marriage of the natural and the spiritual that took place at His brith. The star represents the connection between – heaven and the angels – and earth and the people. With God being born on earth it could not be otherwise then that a light would shine in both. In the spiritual world the Lord always appears to the angels as the spiritual sun, so in the glory of this newly founded conjunction light from a star was visible even during the day.
So when we put up a tree and decorate it we are bringing the Lord and His heaven into our home and seeking renewal and regeneration for the coming year – and our whole life.