The Christmas Spirit
‘Tis the season of good tidings, it is said. We often hear about ‘the Christmas spirit’ as being one of kindness, joy, and generosity. Whereas those are fine ideals, are they the deepest, truest reasons why Christ was sent to this world to put on flesh? No. The point of Christ’s coming was to defeat sin and death.
Traditionally, Christmas is celebrated by exchanging gifts. Jesus Himself was given gold, frankincense, and myrrh as expressions of adoration and reverence. Among the many blessings wrought by Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, perhaps the greatest is the Spirit. It is the Spirit who calls us into faith, who convicts us of our sin, who fuels our repentance, who regenerates us, who redeems our hearts, and who renews our minds. The most wondrous gift Jesus ever gave us is the person and work of the Holy Spirit.
Join us this Advent as we study the 8th chapter of Paul’s letter to the Romans. Romans is thought to possess some of the brightest gems of theology in all of Scripture. And Romans 8, specifically, is considered the crown jewel. As we traverse the Advent themes of hope, peace, joy, and love, Paul’s meditation on the Spirit in Romans 8 will be our guide as we celebrate the coming King this Christmas.
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