As I stated in this series of blogs, Mistletoe has green leaves and red berries which later turn white and have the traditional meaning of green being evergreen or everlasting life and the red representing the blood of Jesus, the white represents the washing away of our sins through the spilt blood of Jesus. Oh, but there is more to Mistletoe than just the colors, continue reading to find out the rest of the Mistletoe story.
First, Mistletoe is found in the trees in the winter, it is there during the summer, but it is only seen in the winter because it is the only thing living. Mistletoe comes from the old English word Misteltan where mistel mean dung and tan mean twig. They literally believed that the mistletoe sprang out of the bird droppings. To these ancient people they saw Mistletoe as a sign of Godís power to bring life out of death to make something beautiful out of something ugly.
The tradition of mistletoe actual has two different origins from two different countries. The English version is that ďWhen Christís Message was beginning to shake the very core of the world, the leaders in power decided to hang Him to a tree. They believed this would end Christís influence and halt his message. However, like the mistletoe, the beauty and power of the Son of God sprang forth from the tree on which he was nailed, and the world took note. For Christians, the plant thus became a symbol of life after death, of faith that was so strong it could grow even in the midst of the darkness. Like mistletoe, Godís love and true faith could survive even the most barbarous time and the darkest days and believing in Jesus as Savior brought personal peace even in the midst of war.Ē (p128 The Stories behind the great traditions of Christmas)
Unfortunately, the idea of Mistletoe being the symbol of Godís love was missed, and it became a symbol of just love. This led to another tradition of Mistletoe; kissing beneath it. The saying was that if a young couple passed under the Mistletoe they must kiss and if they did, God would bless them with everlasting love.
The French legend has more of a view that mistletoe is a sign of Godís love. They say that a single sprig grew on the cross where Jesus died. They say this plant represented the undying love God had shown the world by sacrificing His only Son. The new life that had sprung from the brutal dead instrument just as Jesus rose from the dead. The mistletoe looks like it has no roots to the naked eye, so it looks like the new life springs forth from nothing. Therefore, as the mistletoe spreads from tree to tree, the tool to share Christ moves also so that the whole world is covered with mistletoe and a tool you can use to lead people to Christ is there also.
I love the idea of mistletoe because it yes it has the red and green color but it also takes us to the reason Jesus came to earth, to die on the cross for manís sin and then rise again to show there is eternal life . It can also be used to lead someone to Christ by showing all the aspects of Christ from His birth, to death and resurrection. I hope you have enjoyed the Christmas blogs this year and I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas.