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Blessed Christmas Eve!

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. — Galatians 4:4-5

Adoption. The church may be joined to Christ as his bride, but we are brought into the kingdom of God as sons and daughters, receiving an inheritance delivered by death and resurrection.

And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. — vv. 6-7

The true Spirit of Christmas isn’t initially a mere feeling of joy, thankfulness, or even generosity. The Disney Channel, try as it might with all of its shows, can’t explain it other than simply stating, “It’s Christmas.” It is the cry of “Hosanna,” the “save us now,” coupled with the knowledge and belief that his work is accomplished.

You are no longer a slave, but a son (or daughter). An heir through God. If you don’t feel any love for Christmas, find your Christmas spirit in what Christ has done for you.

He came without ribbons. He came without tags. He came without packages, boxes, or bags.

He came to die. To atone. To save. To redeem. To redeem you.

Whether or not you can give, receive. Merry Christmas.

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