(History Or Mystery?)
The legend of the dogwood tree is a touching story that explains why this tree is so special.
The legend begins in Israel thousands of years ago. At that time, the forests of Israel were full of oak, cedars, walnut trees, and more. Among all these fine trees, one was singled out above the others, the dogwood.
The wood of the dogwood was so valuable that it is said that it was used to make crosses for crucifixions.
Legend states that when Jesus Christ was crucified, he was nailed to a cross made from the wood of a dogwood tree. As he hung on the cross, suffering for the sins of humanity, he looked down at the tree that had been used to kill him.
And then, according to the legend, Jesus spoke these words: “Oh Dogwood tree, most humble of all trees, you shall be forever revered. Because of your role in my crucifixion, you will never again be used as lumber for a cross. From this day forward, your wood will be too soft to support the weight of any man.”
As Jesus spoke, the dogwood tree began to change. Its strong limbs became smaller, twisted, and bent. Its flowers became larger, and the center of each flower became to resemble a cross.
Since that time, the dogwood tree has been a symbol of Christianity. Every spring, when the dogwoods bloom, it is a reminder of Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins and his triumph over death.
If you look closely at a dogwood flower, you can see the marks of the crucifixion. The four large petals represent the cross, and each petal has four red-tinged notches that represent the nail holes. In the center of each flower is a green cluster that represents the crown of thorns that was placed on Jesus’ head.
The legend most likely originated in the United States in the 20th century. Dogwoods are not native to the Middle East and were not grown there in Jesus’ time, but it is still a great story. Therefore, this story is not actual history but a mystery.
Religion is full of symbolism. This is a great way to symbolize the remembrance of the crucifixion of Christ through this beautiful flower. This Legend goes down in folk lore as a story to be remembered.
According to the Eastern Orthodox Church, the actual cross that Jesus was crucified on was made from three different types of wood: cedar, pine, and cypress.
The next time you see a dogwood tree in bloom, remember the legend of the dogwood tree and give thanks for the sacrifice that Jesus made for us.
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