Posted by: morgan1965 | December 24, 2009

The Days Before Christmas

Prior to the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day [This is the name that we have given to it.], the activity of the Holy Spirit was evident as reported by Matthew (Matthew 1:18-25). Before Joseph and Mary had “lived together,” Mary was “found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.”

This result was a mystery to Mary, and Joseph himself was mystified by the entire episode. With a sense of personal dignity and concern for Mary, Joseph decided to “dismiss her quietly.” Joseph was a righteous man, and he did not want to expose Mary to public disgrace and any resultant ridicule.

Just when Joseph had made this decision, the Lord’s angel appeared to Joseph and told him not to be afraid. The angel instructed Joseph to marry Mary, and informed him that her child was conceived by the Holy Spirit.

Furthermore, the angel told him that Mary would bear a son, and Joseph was to name him Jesus. This Jesus would “save his people from their sins.” Joseph did exactly as the angel had instructed him in his dream.

During the days before Christmas, Mark (Mark 1:1-8) tells us that John the baptizer spent his time “proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” The people who heard John’s preaching responded positively by presenting themselves to John for baptism in the river Jordan. As they were being baptized, they confessed their sins. John told the people that the one coming after him would baptize them with the Holy Spirit. He had baptized them with water.

Luke reports that the birth of Jesus was foretold during the days before Christmas (Luke 1:26-38). The angel came and told Mary what she would soon experience. The angel told her that the Holy Spirit would come upon her, so she should not be afraid. Mary was going to bear a child. In a spirit of obedience, however reluctant, Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”

John in his report cuts to the heart of the matter and declares: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). Jesus was with God from the very beginning.

From a biblical perspective, the days before Christmas were freighted with expectations and waiting. There was among many religious people a longing for a better future.

These were the days before Christmas, when Christ was born. So, on the night before Christmas, perhaps we should be looking for the Holy Spirit, because God has a gift for us. Jesus is the gift of Christmas

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  1. May you have a Spirit blessed Christmas!


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