by Heather Tietz
To provide for those who mourn in Zion, to give to them a garland for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that they may be called trees of righteousness,
the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.
Christmas trees are a symbol worldwide of Jesus’ coming, His bringing of goodness and everlasting life.
Here in Isaiah 61:3 the prophet describes trees of righteousness, not Christmas trees but Christian trees, trees that God specially planted, tended and decorated. Trees grew from sad seedlings, from disheartened people, from burdened and mourning God-seekers, looking to Him for comfort, resolution, and healing. Isaiah says that God will tend them, grow them, beautify them.
One day Jesus read this passage aloud. He declared to all that He was the fulfillment of this scripture. He was the farmer. He was the one collecting sad seedlings and tending them. He was the one turning people into righteous, everlasting trees, Christ-trees that would glorify Him all year round.
God isn’t blind to the sadness of His children. In the day that you cry out for God’s help, He will hear. He sees you. He’ll save you. He’ll beautify you in your suffering.
You’ll become a Christ-tree, lighting the way for others to see His goodness and everlasting life.