Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 1 Peter 2:24
As we move through the Christmas season, we are using the Christmas Tree as a symbol of where our salvation came from. In the first part, we read the Sin was actually entered into the world from Tree. And today we’ll see that salvation actually came from a Tree through Jesus Christ!
The Apostle Peter is actually quoting the prophet Isaiah here (Isaiah 53) Jesus bore the penalty for our sins and made us righteous before God. Now the first thing you will say is, “Jesus died on a cross and not a tree” Yes the Apostle Peter is using the symbolism of a Tree to the cross. Why? Lets have the Apostle Paul give further explanation
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: Galatians 3:13
Here Paul is using the refernence of Tree to the cross also, why? Well because he is quoting the Torah (Deuteronomy 21:23) “Anyone who is cursed by God is hung on a Tree”. Think about that, Jesus the Son of God, became cursed to redeem us before the Father God.
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23
The Bible clearly tells us we are all sinners. Because of this we are all under the curse of sin. But because Jesus paid our penalty on The Tree, we can be justified before God. However we need to repent and receive Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior.
Tomorrow were going to take a look how The Tree is also representative of The Church!