The Spirit of Christmas! Do you have it?
When I hear “Spirit of Christmas” I automatically think of the overall tenor of the season. You know…the Christmas spirit.
Friends, families, foods, and gifts. Parking-lot fights with strangers. Hallmark movies—lots of Hallmark movies. Carols.
Things like that.
But I’m not talking about a holiday mood. I’m talking about a divine and holy Person.
We usually refer to Him as the Holy Spirit.
You see, God the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christmas. It is He who overshadows the Virgin Mary; fills John the Baptist and his parents; and communicates to and through Simeon and Anna (Luke 1: 15, 35, 41, 67; 2:27-38). He permeates the Christmas narrative.
It’s no exaggeration to say, “No Spirit, no Christmas.”
We can also affirm that the Spirit of Christmas is also the Spirit of the Church. That is, the Spirit who activates the conception of Jesus also energizes the community of Jesus.
Thus, the Holy Spirit lives within followers of Christ individually and corporately. Scripture assures us that He is given to all who are Christ’s: Jew and Gentile, male and female, young and old, rich and poor (Acts 2).
In other words, when it comes to the Holy Spirit and the Kingdom of Christ there are no haves and have nots.
Indeed, Jesus teaches that it is the Father’s good pleasure to give the Spirit to all who ask for Him. The Spirit in turn enables us to help others and delights in developing Jesus’ character within us (Luke 11:13; Romans 12:6-9; Galatians 5:22-23).
So I’ll ask again: Do you have the Spirit of Christmas? Are you daily being filled with Him?
May the love, joy, and peace of intimately knowing Jesus be yours now and always.
Merry Christmas, dear reader!