In 1973, Wizzard recorded a song that became a Christmas classic: "I wish it could be Christmas everyday". It is not often that the dreams and aspirations of a glam rock band line up with the eternal plans of God. This was a desire that the Make-a-wish Foundation could not fulfill but which God did. How could British rock stars with a name like Wizzard conjure up such an idea?

Little did they know that it had been on the Apostle Paul's mind centuries earlier. Not the fluffy bits of the lyrics about when the snowman brings the snow he likes to know that he's put a great big smile on somebody's face. But the wish that it could be Christmas every day.

"Done!' said Paul.

In Galatians 4 he lets the Christmas bells ring out loud and clear with their tidings of comfort and joy. In the fullness of time, he tells us, right at the pivotal moment in history when all the hopes and fears of all the years met in one glorious night, "God sent forth his Son" (v.4). Christmas: the day God sent his Son. The once-in-all-of-history day when God sent his Son. The one-of-a-kind day, the ultimate not-your-everyday-kind of a day. A sending that was sufficient to save the world.

But as Paul tells it in these verses, this once-for-all sending was not the end of the story of the God who keeps on sending. In the perfect symmetry of the passage, the Son of God was sent to become the born-of- a-woman one so that we born-of-a-woman ones could become sons of God. And for us it really can be Christmas everyday.

While that first Christmas was a unique history-changing sending for all the world, Paul wants us to see that the same activity (he uses the same word for sending in both verses 4 and 6) is going on everyday. The God who sent his Son also sent the Spirit of his Son. Only in this passage does Paul refer to the Holy Spirit as the "Spirit of his Son". The Spirit is identified with the Son - who is sent to us day after day, the one who is always coming to us, and always bringing the advent of Christ as an experiential reality that reflects and relives the historical reality.

The baby in the manger soon began to grow, and one of the first words on his lips were the words any parents longs to hear: "Da-da-dad". And that Holy Family infancy highlight moment is relived, as Paul tells us, when the Christmas story is reenacted in our experience as the Spirit of his Son is sent to us. As he is born in us he begins to say "Abba, father" in us. Every time we come to God as sons and find a cry of "Father!" welling up in us, we are taking our place in the Christmas story, re-living it repeatedly as the sent son says  "Abba" by his Spirit fleshing out his coming in the manger of our humanity. It really can be Christmas everyday. 

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