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- Format: Folded Tract
- Paper: Gloss Text
- Size: 3.5 inches x 5.5 inches
- Pages: 4
- Version: KJV
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The Christmas tree in the city park stood stately and tall, dominating the landscape. The lush, green branches gave forth the scent of pine, which permeated the cold, brisk air. Elegant ornaments of all shapes and sizes glistened and sparkled in the glow of the multi-colored lights. People passed by, gazing in wonder and amazement at the striking beauty. The tree was truly a dazzling sight.
Although the tree appeared to be healthy and alive, underneath the façade the tree was dead—dead because of being severed from its roots, the very source of nutrients and life. In reality, the tree’s exquisite appearance and elaborate ornaments were nothing more than decorated deception.
Similarly, despite our attempts to look spiritually alive, underneath our façade we are dead—dead because of being separated from God. He is the root and source of all spiritual life. Romans 5:12 explains how this spiritual death occurred: “Wherefore, as by one man [Adam] sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”
Rather than confess our sin, our prideful hearts strive to get to heaven on our own by doing good works. Just as the beautiful ornaments cannot give life to the tree, good works, as beneficial and sacrificial as they may be, cannot bring true spiritual life to a person. This truth is explained in Ephesians 2:8-9: “For by grace [God blessing us despite the fact that we do not deserve it] are ye saved through faith [complete confidence in God]; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Because of God’s great love, He has provided the way for us to be spiritually reconciled to Him. First Peter 2:24a says that Jesus, God’s sinless Son, took our place on the cross and bore “our sins in his own body on the tree.” He paid the penalty for our sin, so we can be forgiven. Then Jesus “rose again the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:4b), demonstrating His power and victory over death. Jesus is the only one who has the authority to say, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6b). Romans 10:13 invites us to receive His free gift: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” When we are saved, we are joined to Christ. He becomes our source of spiritual life and power. Jesus assures us in John 14:19b, “because I live, ye shall live also.” What a wonderful promise for now and all eternity!
Have you been living a life of decorated deception? Would you like to receive God’s offer of salvation? CONFESS that you are a sinner, deserving of eternal punishment. BELIEVE that Christ died in your place on the cross and that He rose from the dead to give you eternal life. TELL God you are truly sorry for your sin and ASK Him to forgive you. Then INVITE Jesus Christ into your life to be your Lord and Savior. KEEP trusting God as you read the Bible. He will never deceive you.