“Too many Christians live on the right side of Easter, but the wrong side of Pentecost; the right side of pardon, but the wrong side of power; the right side of forgiveness, but the wrong side of fellowship. They are out of Egypt, but have not reached the land of promise and blessing. They are still wandering about in the wilderness of frustration and dissatisfaction.”
Are we to minimize Christmas, the birth of Jesus and His coming to earth? Absolutely not! In fact, it should evoke in us far more worship. His baptism and the Holy Spirit resting on Him, His life of ministry filled with miracles all proving His deity, are equally important. Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection providing atonement for our sins and giving us eternal life, cannot be over-stated. We must not leave out of our calculation Jesus’ ascension which made way for the Holy Spirit to come as promised (John 16:7; Acts 1:4-8). This is all one story and must be kept together.
What difference would it make in our lives and ministry if we saw them as pieces of one event and one divine purpose? God receives glory in us because we are redeemed and filled with the Spirit for doing His will. Would you celebrate the resurrection and Pentecost to the same degree that you celebrate Christmas? Be sure this season, to keep the emphasis biblically balanced.