Summary: Get a fresh Christmas wreath. Make sure it has evergreen branches, some Holly and Holly berries, some miniature fruit, and thorns in it. Then you'll be ready to preach this Christmas sermon.

The Christmas Wreath

Matthew 1:18-21

[18] Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.

[19] Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly.

[20] But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.

[21] And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins."

How many have a Christmas Wreath hanging at your house?

I have one here in my hand.

Have you ever wondered how these wreathes

became part of the Christmas celebration?

Why do we hang wreaths at Christmas?

Is our tradition of hanging wreaths on our doors tied to history,

or is it all about mass commercialization?

Some people see the Christmas wreath as being simply decorative.

Some people trace the origins of the Christmas wreath

back to Ancient Rome.

The wreath symbolized victory and the Romans

hung them on their doors after a win in battle.

The Greeks placed a wreath crown

on the winners of athletic competitions.

Wreaths hung on the door of a person’s house signified death.

When a person hung a wreath on their door,

it meant there had been a death in the family

and that the surviving relatives were in mourning.

Wreaths have been used as a decorative sign of Christmas

for hundreds of years.

Christmas wreaths can adorn any part of your home,

both inside or out.

It is common to find a number of wreaths on doors,

over the mantle, or hung in windows.

There is even symbolism to be found

in the structure of the traditional wreath.

The choice of the evergreen branches

and the circular shape aren't accidental.

The Christmas wreath is made of evergreen branches,

most often pine branches or holly.

They can be real or artificial.

However, an artificial wreath

just doesn't smell the same as a real wreath.

It is decorated with a variety of items

including pine cones, holly berries, fruits, etc.

The wreath has significant meaning for the Christmas season.

Point #1. The Shape of the Christmas Wreath Represents Eternity.

John 3:15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

The Christmas Wreath is always circular in shape.

It has no beginning and no ending.

From a Christian religious perspective,

it represents an unending circle of life.

It represents Eternal Life.

We are here to celebrate the hope of a new life.

We are here looking forward to a life

deprived of pain and suffering

and full of praise, celebration and joy.

We are here to celebrate the hope that God has given us

through His promises and through His fulfillment.

We are here to celebrate the coming of Jesus,

because without Him, there is no hope for eternal life!

Point #2. The Color of the Christmas Wreath Represents Growth.

John 17:23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

The evergreen branches most frequently used in making wreathes,

symbolize growth in the Christian life.

The evergreen trees never turn color in the Fall season.

They live on through all seasons

including the harsh cold winter conditions,

Have you ever noticed that when harsh times come

that’s when our faith in Jesus is put to the test?

That’s when we reach out to Jesus

trusting Him to get us through those dark valleys.

Our faith in Jesus grows!

Pine cones contain seeds that are released

to produce growth of new pine trees.

The pine cones on a Christmas wreath

represent the seeds of the Gospel.

Jesus said in Luke 8:11 “The seed is the word of God. 15] But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.’

We have the seeds of faith in our Bibles.

Our responsibility is to be scattering the seed of the Gospel.

The fruits on a wreath represent the fruit of the Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-23 says,

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, [23] gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

These 9 segments of the fruit of the Holy Spirit

should be evident in our lives.

If you peel an orange, you notice it has segments.

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