Rom 14 Do you have the Christmas spirit yet? There are only a few shopping days left, but is that what is essential? Paul may not have been reminding his readers about Christmas, but today, we are reminded to have peace and joy as we celebrate. There are songs and scripture readings galore. We have parties and church plays. People dress in their finest reds and greens.
Dr. Luke gave us the story of the shepherds and the angelic choir, reminding us that Christmas is not about parties and other things but the birth of the Messiah. The angelic choir sang: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” [Luke 2:14] Paul captured that theme as he wrote to the Romans. Messiah has ushered in the kingdom of peace: ” for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” [Rom 14:17]
Hoping you are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ this season.