God's Very Special Tree by Daniel Rodgers

God's Very Special Tree
Dan Rodgers
Acts 13:27-33


TEXT: Acts 13:27-33, For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him. [28] And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain. [29] And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre. [30] But God raised him from the dead: [31] And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people. [32] And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, [33] God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.

1 Peter 2:24, 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.

INTRODUCTION: Today is the day before Christmas, an exciting time for all.... The trees are decorated; children are excited, waiting to see what gifts they will receive. Families will gather later in the day to enjoy exchanging gifts, followed by the traditional Christmas dinner. But there is one thing that stands out, isn't there? It is the Christmas Tree. If the tree was missing, it wouldn't be quite the same, would it? The tree gives warmth to the room. It adds a certain magical feeling or fascination.

We sing the song...

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
Your branches green delight us.
They're green when summer days are bright:
They're green when winter snow is white.
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
Your branches green delight us.

ILLUS: When I was attending Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, we were just about as poor ...


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