We’ve made it to Christmas once again. Advent is that time when we hear the familiar stories from the opening chapters of Matthew and Luke’s Gospels. They are balanced by equally familiar words from the Hebrew prophets, in particular from the Book of Isaiah. But there is another “Christmas story,” one not nearly as well known. Some might not even recognize it as such.
It’s only a few verses long, slipped in to a longer narrative from Paul’s Galatian letter:
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts…
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