In the first and second week of our 2016 Advent series, we’ve looked at the significance of three trees… the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the tree of life, and the tree that was used to build the manger. In each of those gatherings we opened two gifts: the gift of choice and the gift of hope. God used the first two trees to offer us the gift of choice. Man chose to disobey God, but God’s mercy is not limited by our disobedience. He chooses to be merciful in spite of our shortcomings. This is evident by the fact that even before man left the Garden of Eden, a plan was already in place… a plan of reconciliation. The Bible tells us that Jesus was a Lamb slain before the world was created. This week our journey will take us to a tree that stands in the middle of history. It’s controversial. It’s cruel. It’s confrontational. Once you hear the story of what took place on this tree, you will never be the same. Will you join us for this last Sunday of advent as we open this third gift? What will it be? Come and find out as we take a look at “A TREE AT THE CENTER OF HISTORY” in 1 Peter 2:1-25.