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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

And for the one that's in my heart!

And for the one that's in my heart!
By Jon Slone

What do you see when you look at your Christmas tree? Is it just, something pretty to look at? Possibly something you put up because, that's what everybody else does?
What does the tree do for you? What does it remind you of? Does it do anything else besides make your house look more radiant and inviting and festive?

Does the Christmas tree still hold its wonder and magic like when you were a kid?

For me personally, I've been wanting more from mine as of late! Sure, I remember how special it was when I was a child. But lately, maybe I haven't noticed much more than that.

This is what God has shown me recently:

Galatians 6:14

As for me, God forbid that I should boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ!

I've always told people that, sure, I'm excited that Christ was born in a manger and all........but I'm much more excited about what He did at Calvary!!!

Calvary gets my juices flowing! Calvary is who I am! Calvary is why I can keep on going! My, what-to-brag-about! Calvary is a slam-dunk in the game of life! My hope, my faith, my future and where my life is hidden.........right there on calvary!

God, pinned down upon a tree, is the best thing that ever happened to me!!

His ineffable sacrifice is my, something pretty to look at! My wonder, my indescribable gift-card!

My everything is built on Calvary and hidden in Christ!

Colossians 2:14 says that, He canceled the record that contained the charges against us! He destroyed it by nailing it to the cross! God disarmed the evil rulers and authorities! He shamed them publicly by His victory over them on the cross of Christ!

What do you see when you look at your Christmas tree?

This is what I see:

I see a place where it was finished! I see a place where life truly begins! I see a place where busted-up and broken-down sinners like me, can find that water that never makes you thirst again!

Who knew that, one unsightly tree on one craggy hill could be so important?

But it is!

That one, blood-stained moment in time is the greatest thing that ever happened to planet earth!
In the prodigious book of life, Calvary would be the best chapter! According to Galatians 6, the only thing in the universe worth boasting about!

And here's the wild part, a token of that marvelous, best-night-ever,is propped up in my house right now!

So, to that I say:

"Thank you Father for the tree that's in my living room and for the one that's in my heart!"

Merry Christmas!

Jon Big HE little me Slone


  1. That is very powerful for this time of year. Makes all of us want to reflect on what is really important..nicely put Jon! Love You.oh and Merry Christmas!!

  2. I absolutely loved it and you couldn't help but be moved by this because it was so powerful...I would hope that every Christian sees it that way but I'm not sure that we all do...I know when I have my lights off and I sit in the living room with just my Christmas lights on, it is a spiritual and magical time...its really hard to accept the greatest gift except on your knees....he died for us....really died for us and yet came to earth as an innocent baby...much love...