December 15 – Shamrock
John 14:1-12; Colossians 1:15-20; Matthew 28:18; Hebrews 1
The shamrock is one of the best known symbols of the Trinity. Legend tells us that St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain his belief in the Holy Trinity to the High King of Ireland about 464 A.D. The astonished monarch was angry because he felt the idea of three persons existing as one was absurd. St. Patrick stooped and plucked a sprig of shamrock which he presented to the king saying “Here is a perfect leaf with three perfect parts.” At first the king frowned and then smiled with acceptance. From that time on, the shamrock has been used to explain the Trinity.
The second person of the Trinity, Jesus Christ, is fully God, and is also fully man. Jesus tells us in the book of John that He is the only way to God the Father, but also that once we see Him, we have seen the Father also. He is in the Father and the Father in Him in a way that it is impossible, with our sin-scarred understanding, to apprehend.
Jesus is the Creator of the Universe and everything in it. He is also the reason everything was created. In another great mystery, Colossians teaches us that Jesus holds all things together. One can only imagine His power holding each atom together; protons, electrons, and neutrons, in Creation. If He “let go”, existence as we know it would instantly stop.
Jesus is the Supreme Authority. Every authority in every walk of life… government, business, law, medicine, education…, every person in the Universe, and every angel in heaven, will be held accountable by Him for their actions. Christians, their sins washed away by Jesus’ blood, will account for their good works, or lack thereof. Those who don’t know Jesus will be judged for all of their deeds, and face eternal separation from Him for their iniquities.
Jesus is the Source of everything Good in the Universe. He is the fount of all glory, beauty, and power, flooding forth in rivers of peace, joy and love. His words are absolutely and eternally true, and His person, character and works endure forever. As the Creator of Time, Jesus is outside of it. Jesus is the focal point for all existence. The universe does not revolve around each of us, but around Him.
Are there special gifts you can make or share with others in your family, in your church? Maybe a decoration for the tree of a friend would be the perfect gift. A shamrock with the Legend of St. Patrick would be good to share. As you make it, and as you give it, remember the second person of the Trinity, consider His attributes, and celebrate your peace and joy in Him.
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
God rest ye merry, gentlemen
In Bethlehem, in Israel,
From God our Heavenly Father
“Fear not then,” said the Angel,
The shepherds at those tidings
And when they came to Bethlehem
Now to the Lord sing praises,