Read about the botanicals present and significant in Christs life. Print the illustrated poster for free and read about the scriptural references.
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Since the Christmas season, I have studied the plants of Jesus Christs life. It was interesting to study the many plants mentioned in the scriptures, used as symbolism in Christs teaching, and present at various times of His life. After studying these plants I illustrated many of the plants picking ones that were profound to me. That being said, if you were to study the life of Christ you may find many others not included in his print.
I may illustrate this again adding more florals. So it you have any requests please leave your suggestions in the comments. Otherwise enjoy this free printable of the botanicals included in the life of Christ and explanation of each plant and it’s significance.
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Frankincense comes from the Boswellia tree. It is a symbol of deity. Interesting to learn is that aside form the religious significance, frankincense has medicinal purposes such as anti inflammation. It could be used for many different ailments.
Frankincense was presented to Jesus as one of the gifts of the wise men as in Matthew 2:11. It was considered a treasured perfume at the time of His birth. And along with its medicinal uses, it is interesting to consider what cause Mary used the frankincense for? Did it heal Jesus while teething or an injury?
Myrrh is a resin that has been taken from a small thorny tree. You can see the thorns in my illustration. Through the ages myrrh has been used incense, perfume and medicine. If mixed with wine, myrrh can also be consumed also such as the scripture in Mark 15:23 when Jesus is offered drink mingled with myrrh just before his crucifixion.
Myrrh has a sweet smelling aroma. And because of its sweet smell, myrrh has been used historically as an embalming oil, or an oil to mask ill scents. In Matthew 2:11 we read about how myrrh was presented to Christ at his birth. And then in John 19:39 we see Myrrh is given to Jesus after his crucifixion by Nicodemus. I personally love the symbolism here as myrrh, an embalming oil of the dead, as not only would Christ rise others but He himself would be risen.
Wheat is a culinary staple as well as a symbol of life and rebirth. As a culinary staple it is often used to make bread. And in this we find it a beautiful symbol of Christ as the bread of life. Christ also talked about the wheat and the tares here.
The seeds of a mustard plant. Though a seed is very small, the height of the plant that grows from it is very great. Jesus compared the kingdom of heaven to a mustard seed (Matt. 13:31). Jesus also compares faith to a mustard seed in Matt. 17:20.
The palm symbolizes victory, triumph, and peace. In Christs life, palm leaves were waved as Jesus entered and walked through Jerusalem. This is called Palm Sunday. Read more here Matthew 21:1–9. Here is illustrated a palm that might have been waved and laid on the ground in honor of Christ.
The olive tree is common in Israel and an important resource among the Holy Land. The tree is useful for the wood, oil, and fruit. The olive tree actually can live a very long time sometimes as long as 2,000 years. Also interesting fact, if an olive tree does not die if it is chopped down.
The Olive tree is a common symbol for the House of Israel in the scriptures. Olive oil is used through the scriptures as healing and sacred anointment. most importantly the atonement took place in the Mount of Olives. Read more Matt. 24:3, Matt. 26
The plant believed to have been placed on Jesus head is Euphorbia milii. about 5mm. They are also very pointed and sharp.The plant is a climbing variety and the thorns become very sharp. The plant also is flowering.
Thorns are spoken in the scriptures in Mark 4 in the parable in sower. But more known is that crown of thorns placed on Jesus head during his crucifixion in John 19:2.
According the Eastern Orthodox Church the cross carried by Jesus and used for His crucifixion was made of three different types of wood – cypress, pine, and cedar. A Mediterranean cypress is common to Jerusalem.
You can read or watch a video about Jesus carrying the cross here.
Jesus mentions a lily in the Sermon on the Mount in Matt. 6: 28. He speaks about having faith and letting God provide such as the lillies.
The Easter Lily is a traditional symbol of Easter. It is a symbol of hope and life.
Free Printable Flowers in Christ Life
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