Our Christmas tree in our home is a little different. It's not decorated with lots of glass balls or sparkly tinsel. Our tree is a mishmash of ornaments collected over the years either given to us by dear friends or ones that we picked up on vacation. So, we have ornaments from Disney World and our other travels, ones with Korean words and ones the boys have made in school. But one ornament is always saved for last and it goes on the lowest branch in the back of the tree.
The Christmas nail is hung to remind us that Jesus came as a baby, but he didn't stay a baby. He grew, the Scriptures tell us, and eventually died for our sins. This one gesture reminds us of the true purpose of Christmas. That God so loves his world, that He sent Jesus to die so that we might repent and turn back to Him. This week, we will look at a classic text that is read at Easter, not at Christmas, but we'll see how you can't have one without the other.