For St. Patrick’s Day, I would like to do a special blog because St. Patrick’s Day is a Christian holiday. For two years in a row, I used the same blog about the life of St. Patrick and if you have not read it you can look in the blog archives.
Now the shamrock (as seen above) was sacred to the Druids in their worship. When St. Patrick went back to Ireland, he directly challenged the Druids in all of their pagan worship practices. St. Patrick took the Shamrock and used it to explain the Trinity. The Trinity is how we describe the God Head -- the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They are three persons with individual jobs to do, but only one God.
“How God is One God in Three Persons.” “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" (Matthew 28:19). Patrick would hold up a shamrock and challenge his hearers, "Is it one leaf or three?" "It is both one leaf and three," was their reply. "And so it is with God," he would conclude. "19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of Him from The Creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His Eternal Power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse" (Romans 1:19-20).” (The Trinity and the Shamrock, on line)
From the Picture above, you can see that the shamrock looks like three leafs, but if you look hard they are all attached to make one leaf. This is just like God. He has three different persons but they are all one and work together for one goal. The shamrock is working for the life or the plant and God is working in our lives.
The three persons have separate jobs, but all work together for us, God’s greatest creation. The Father’s job is creation and sustaining His creation. He is also the head of the God Head. The Son’s main job was to die on the cross for the salvation of man. The Holy Sprit’s job is to lead us to Jesus and what He has done for us and to convict us of our sin.
The other thing about the Shamrock is that it is green. Because of the green color, Ireland has adopted it as its national color. As I talked about at Christmas time, green represents life and the life that we receive when we accept Christ as our savor. Therefore, the green of the Shamrock represents our new life in Christ.
I hope you have new appreciation for the Shamrock and how it used to be used to lead someone to Christ. How about taking this information and using it to lead someone to Christ this year, just as St. Patrick did thousands of years ago.