Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The Perfect Tree. Christmas Eve Service.

Tuesday, December 24, 2002

The truth of Christs birth or the Christmas Season is that God the Son, the second person of the Trinity, became the babe of the cradle, that He might become the man of the cross.

Gods Word refers to both Christ Jesus, His person, and His death on the cross, His work, by either the word “tree,” or by terms associated with a tree.

1. Stauros = an upright pale or stake which took various forms at different times; used of the Roman instrument of crucifixion, MAT 27:32, 40, 42; COL 1:20; 2:14; HEB 12:2; PHI 2:8.

2. Xulon - used of both a tree and of the cross. One of the words used in the New Testament for the cross also means “tree,” “wood,” or “a piece of wood” - anything made of wood.

It is also used for a tree or the cross in ACT 5:30; 20:39; 13:29; 1PE 2:24.

The Lord was speaking of Himself as a green tree because of His living power and capacity to give life.

This word for tree is also used of the tree of life, REV 2:7; 22:2, 14, 19.

He is portrayed as a shoot or branch which would grow out of the cut down stump of the house of David, ISA 11:1.

He is seen as “the Branch of the Lord,” “the Righteous Branch,” and “Gods Servant, the Branch,” whom God would raise up on the human scene to give righteousness and life to the nation, and to all who would believe in Him.

Turn to 1PE 1:18

Turn to 1PE 2:24

Turn to 1PE 1:3

ISA 55:1 “Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk Without money and without cost.”

ISA 55:2 Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And delight yourself in abundance.

REV 21:6 And He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost.”

REV 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.

Robert R. McLaughlin All Rights Reserved 2002

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