THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS
Christmas is a time of joy, hope and peace. Often, even the grumpiest people gain a little more cheer during the Christmas season. Is it the lights, the sweets or is it the Spirit of Christmas?
The promise of Christmas was first mentioned in the garden of Eden. As soon as the original sin happened, God promised to fix it. He told Eve that though she (and all mankind) would have a hostile relationship with the evil one, her seed (Jesus) would one day take him out! (Genesis 3:15)
There are more than 400 Old Testament verses that tell us about the coming Savior.
The details of Jesus’s birth, work on earth, crucifixion and reign, were all laid out for those who had ears to hear. For hundreds of years, the prophets spoke into the earth, the Words of God, and since His Word never returns void, the anointed words became flesh.
A devout Jew, one who’s heart was truly open to God, would know exactly what the Word of God said about their coming Messiah.
I often think about Mary, the mother of Jesus. She was a very young, devout and knowledgeable woman of the Word. When Gabriel came to speak to her, he spoke God’s Word to her,
“Rejoice, highly favored one. The Lord is with you, you are blessed among women.”
The angel said “Don’t be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!” (Luke 1:30)
And Mary asked, “How will this happen?” Note, she didn’t doubt but was wondering the obvious: how can I get pregnant? The angel told her the Holy Spirit would come upon her and the power of the Highest would impregnate her so that the Holy One, who is to be born, could be called the Son of God. He then reminded her that her cousin Elizabeth, who was naturally too old to have a baby, was pregnant and that nothing is impossible with God. (Luke 1:26:38)
Mary did not go into the “I am unworthy” mode or did she say, “Well I can’t do that.” You see, she knew that she was worthy because God said she was worthy and she believed that. She didn’t concern herself as to what she had to do to make it happen because God said He would make it happen. In her rock solid faith she said, “I am a servant of the Lord and make it happen just as you said.” It was with her words of faith that the Holy Spirit came into her and created a life. Ah, the Spirit of Christmas!
If Mary had not known the Word, she would have had great trouble believing and receiving the Word brought to her by Gabriel. Mary believed, received and then spoke.
“And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed therefore I speak…” (1 Cor 4:14)
Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. If you have God’s Word in your heart, you won’t have a hard time speaking those things. Mary obviously had the Word in her heart. While some of the logistics were a mystery, the concept of what she was called by God to do, wasn’t hard for her to believe.
Instead, she knew she was blessed. Luke 1:46-56 is a beautiful insight into Mary’s heart. She worshiped the Lord by speaking the Word back to God. Now that is praise and worship!
And to answer the question, “Mary Did You Know?” Yes, she did. She believed the words of Gabriel and were confirmed by the word she hid in her heart.
Mary had tenacious faith. That faith kept her strong through the coming months and years, all the way to the day her precious son would die for the sins of the world.
Her faith kept her strong through the glorious day when the Holy Spirit hovered over her once again, but this time to implant the incorruptible seed of Gods eternal Word, not in her body, but in her spirit and she was born again. That’s what happens to each of us when we are born again! The Holy Spirit brings life to our spirits into eternal life, never leaving us.
Since the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit is constantly hovering over all mankind, just like He hovered over Mary. He is ready to bring God’s Word to pass for anyone who will believe it, and say what she said, “Be it done according to your Word.”
This Christmas, don’t go another day without the Christmas Spirit. Begin with being born again. “For whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved,” (Romans 10:13) and “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10: 9-10)
Jesus said “ The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” Luke 4:18-19
If you are already born again, don’t go another day without the Spirit of Christmas manifesting in your life. If you need healing, speak the Word about healing and it will deal with that flesh that is failing and bring it in line with the works of Christ. If you need help in our finances, speak the Words of provision and prospering, even as your soul prospers. You will have what you need.
The Spirit of Christmas is good news; it is Jesus! The angels were responsible for sharing the first gospel message, now it is up to us. Share tidings of good news to those you meet and spread the true Spirit of Christmas.