Monday, May 18, 2009


This is a legend about three dreaming trees. The three trees grew up as close neighbours near Bethlehem, the birthplace of King David. They had great dreams about their future. One tree hoped to become the royal cot of a great king. The second tree wanted to be part of the royal ship of an emperor. The third tree dreamt of becoming the doorposts and beam of the major door at the entrance of the royal palace of a mighty emperor.

Years rolled by. The trees were cut down and the timber transported to different places. The wood of the first tree was used to make the manger {Luke 2:16} in a cowshed at Bethlehem. Baby Jesus, the King of Kings was born in it on Christmas night. Its dream thus became true.

The second tree was used to construct a country boat for the fishermen of Lake Galilee. Lord Jesus travelled in it with His disciples across the lake. Sitting in the boat, Jesus delivered several sermons to the multitudes who gathered on the banks of the lake to hear His words of wisdom {Mark 4:1, Luke 5:2,3}. The wish of the second tree was fulfilled thus.

The third tree was shaped into the Holy Cross which Jesus was made to carry to Calvary {John 19:17}. On this Cross, He offered Himself as a sacred sacrifice to save humanity from the clutches of sin. Thus the Cross became the entrance of man to heaven. Thus the ambition of the third tree also was realised.


By: Dr. Babu Philip, Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India.

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