Jesus’ first advent was to form a new humanity, a redeemed people. While we want the “niceness” of Christmas to last, this Nativity account shows the reality of the fierce challenges and evil’s opposition that face Jesus’ mission. Our Savior has overcome it all, and through His Spirit in us, He enlists us to join in bringing His redemption to the world.
Key Verse: John said, “I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” (Mark 1:8 [NIV])
By Pastor Paul Sausser