Jesus said: “I tell you the truth He who believes has everlasting life. I am the bread of life.” John 6 v 47-8
Many of us have a Christmas tree in our homes to celebrate, but I suspect most of us are unaware of its origins.
Some suggest these are pagan, however, I heard a lovely story about the Christian origin.
Apparently in the 8th Century a man named Boniface was out walking and came across a family about to sacrifice their child to a pagan deity under an oak tree.
He intervened just in time to stop this cruel act.
He rescued the child and chopped down the oak tree.
Nearby was a tiny fir tree. He gave this to the family and told them, “This is the symbol of life.
“Whenever you look at this tree, remember the Christ-child who is the one who will give you life because he gave his life for you.”
This story may or may not be true, however, it contains the truth of the real meaning of Christmas - that Jesus came into our world in love, to bring fullness of life to all who believe in Him.
Rev. Gordon MacIndoe, Falkirk Baptist Church