There is much written about the origin of the Christmas tree and associated cultural behaviors. These range from the idea of the Christmas tree originating with “tree worshippers,” to various other theories crediting some culture or another with its invention; where each taken in-toto seems to make little or no sense. It is unclear why a “tree worshipper” would cut down that which is worshipped, and then adorn the same. Likewise it is also unclear as to the origin or the purpose of inverting said tree as is sometimes seen today.
But there are some things that are known: most notably the fact that it is called a tree, and that it is somehow associated with Christmas.
Over the years, much confusion has arisen regarding many things about “that time.” “That time” here referring to the time it was that Jesus was born and walked on the earth—the beginning of which being the purported purpose for this tree. A simple look at a western calendar wherein the months; September, October, November and December; which are named for being the seventh, eight, ninth, and tenth months; in fact today occur as the ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth, months respectively, confirms the existence of some of the confusion. Although it is beyond the scope of this article to address why and when this happened, it is clear that the “New Year” originally began in March for these very same cultures.
Jesus’ last name was not Christ. “Christ” represents a description of Jesus, with the use of the definite article: “the.” Thus He is Jesus the Christ, as opposed to the use of an indefinite article such as “a;” as in Jesus a Christ.” The use of the definite article necessarily implies uniqueness, as there is only one who is or was the Christ.
The word “Christ” is derived from the Latin “Christos;” means anointing or anointed one. In this usage, it is the third part of the Trinity or the Holy Ghost that is “that which is anointed” upon man. Both the Old Testament and the New Testament contains information about those who were anointed; whether Elijah, or “double dose” Elisha;” or the disciples of Jesus most particularly as recounted in The Book of Acts. Each of these persons represent “an anointed one;” with none being “the anointed one”—except Jesus.”
And we know roughly when this anointing of Jesus took place. Luke 3:22 (KJV) tells us:
“And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.” This happened when Jesus was an adult. Thus although by design, He was born to be the anointed one; he was not the anointed one until this event took place.
Thus it must be asked precisely what it was that “Christmas” initially represented. Was it the birth of He who was to be the anointed one? Or was it the anointing of this already born unique individual, as per the description contained in the aforementioned Luke 3:22? The word atone is from combining the word “at” and the word “one.” It does not mean penance, or sorrow or turning away from. It means reconciliation, and reconciliation with and by God; and not with man as the active party. Thus Yom Kippur means the day or time of atonement; and is the highest holy day in Judaism. But both Christians and Jews understand that this atonement can only be the result of Messiah—irrespective of any difference in belief regarding whether or not is has been “finished.”
Christians believe that the Crucifixion occurred at about the time of Passover, but many do not understand the significance of this. Passover is the first full moon after the vernal equinox; and Christians believe that “Easter” is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. When this significance is not understood, and the referenced “Sabbath” is considered to be the regular Sabbath which is on Friday; and not Passover which was on a Wednesday at that time; the “three days and three nights” must then somehow be compressed into Friday at 3:00 PM until before “early dawn” on Sunday—which of course cannot be done. Once it is understood that the “three days and three nights” actually represent Wednesday (the Passover “Sabbath”) until Saturday at sunset; the numbers make sense and this is why by “early dawn,” He was already gone from the cave. This is important for many reasons beyond believability. This is important because Passover represents or represented a foreshadowing of or for the events at Calvary.
Thus it likewise seems reasonable to believe that the actual time of Jesus’ birth would have been on Yom Kippur. Leviticus 16: 29-30 (KJV) tells us: “And this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you: For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the LORD.” (Seventh month here begins with counting March as the first month.) And given this confusion regarding calendars, it is likely that someone utilized the date of the “Birth of the Sun God;” which occurs at the winter solstice; to change the Birth of the Son of God to that which occurs at roughly the same time. If this sounds crazy and beyond belief; the origin of the word “Easter” should be researched.
Does this seeming discrepancy matter much? Probably not—at least to those who believe it already happened. The reason the Passover is or was to be remembered, was for the purpose of recognizing that which transpired at Calvary. And the reason Yom Kippur is so holy, is because it was to be (or was) on this day that Messiah or the Christ was to enter the world for the ultimate atonement.
But what about that Christmas tree?
Freemasons have a very ancient tradition of placing a “sprig of Acacia” in the coffin of a recently deceased Mason. This is to symbolize either eternal life or reincarnation—depending upon one’s viewpoint and beliefs. Given the age of this practice, with either belief this represents that which will be, perhaps at some time after the “sprig” becomes a tree. (It must be noted that Acacia is Biblically also known as shittem wood; which was that with which the Noah’s Ark was constructed.)
In Christianity, the Christ, the Messiah or the Anointed One brought eternal spiritual life or re-connection of that which was “breathed into his nostrils” at birth, as per Genesis 2:7; with God despite the contamination of sin. Since Christians believes that this already happened; i.e.; is available now; it seems fitting to have not merely a sprig, but an entire mature tree to celebrate this fact. And much like the Phrygian cap (the symbol of manumission) on a pole for all to see, as depicted on our early coinage; why not adorn this tree; heck today why not light it up; just to make sure no one misses it?—QPG Staff
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