The Great Vicarious Gift

"Barlery" sheaves and red gift box on my Living Christ Christmas Tree

He gave His life to atone for the sins of all mankind. His was a great vicarious gift on behalf of all who would ever live upon the earth. . . He rose from the grave to “become the firstfruits of them that slept” (1 Corinthians 15:20).
The Living Christ, The Testimony of the Apostles

I considered a cross for my Living Christ Christmas tree to exemplify the Lord’s ultimate sacrifice, but I liked the more subtle meaning in this red gift box. His atoning blood is a gift to me. And alongside this gift is my symbolic remembrance of his resurrection. I tied together the closest thing I could find to barley sheaves as the “firstfruits.”


  1. Ryan
    Dec 17, 2008

    Hey, I know that red present! My wife and I bought it as our first year ornament as a married couple. Now I can look at it and see new meaning. (It also is a great place to hide secret notes…)

  2. MomOf3 (4 to B)
    Dec 17, 2008

    What a beautiful idea! 🙂

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