Before I start, I know I’m a day behind. But that means it won’t end until tomorrow! I will miss this series of Advent readings – Meet Him At The Manger – I love that I can listen as I read. Anyway, yes, though I know I’m a day behind, I like it that way. 😊 Meanwhile, this Advent calendar goes on to the end of the month, so I will continue those posts until the 31st, and will share both verses for the 24th and 25th here today.
Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
Christmas 2021: 25 Songs of the Season are a collection of 25 Christmas songs, hand-picked by me, for your enjoyment this season!
Yesterday’s Advent reading from Meet Him At The Manger: The Spirit of Christmas
“The spirit of Christmas is annual; the Spirit of Christ is eternal. The spirit of Christmas is sentimental; the Spirit of Christ is supernatural. The spirit of Christmas is a human product; the Spirit of Christ is a divine person. These distinctions make all the difference in the world.”
Having experienced the spirit of Christmas both ways, I can unequivocally state that Christmas means so much more, on so many different levels, having the Spirit of Christ. Even at the lowest point in my life, that Christmas was elevated and focused on Jesus as the Spirit of Christ led me through the pain and loss I was enduring that December. Though I could go through life without the Christmas spirit, I never want to go even a single day without the Spirit of Christ. This reading clarified all of that for me, and my AHA! takeaway moment was when she read, “he spirit of Christmas will come and go and be glamorized and trivialized. But all the while, the Spirit of Christ is being born into one person after another, and God’s eternal kingdom is being established in our lives.”