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There was once a great tree, that had grown
tall and bautiful in a distant land. All throughout
the length of its life, its seeds had dropped to the
ground and sprouted as many saplings. Yet they
did not grow very large because the first tree
covered and protected them from the fierceness
of the sun. And there was a man who owned
land next to the tree and the grove of its children,
who was unhappy that so many trees were
encroaching on his property. So, on a certain
day, the man set fire to the great tree, and it
burned fiercely, with its smoke rising to the
highest heights of the sky, and more seeds
shooting out from the tree like falling stars.
And when the great tree was burnt, then all
its seedlings grew to be great and mighty
trees also, spreading their own seeds far
and wide. And all of that man's land, and all
of that far distant country, were filled with
the great trees.
That first tree is Christ.