Sermon Illustrations

St Boniface a monk from England is said to have come across some men who were about to offer up a child sacrifice to Thor. Boniface stopped the murder of this child by going over to an oak tree and hitting it and it fell to the ground. When all the snow settled their appeared a small fir tree. Boniface pointed to the small fir and said that is the tree of life and this boy is to live not die. He then pointed at the tree again and said “This tree does not die in winter like others but lives and it symbolizes the eternal life offered to them through Jesus Christ.” He then noted that the shape of the fir tree is triangular and it represents the Trinity of God. Upon this declaration the men repented and gave their hearts to Jesus and the boy’s life was spared (Collins, Stories Behind The Great Traditions of Christmas, page 70-71).