“Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death” (Romans 7:24)?

For many, Christmas is but another reminder of the peace they have never experienced, a joy they do not feel, and the bondage that dominates each day. Above the muffled carols, crumbled wrapping paper, and the mock hilarity of the season, they share daily in the anguished cry of the apostle Paul (7:4). What emerges from under a tree is but a pretense, and offers not even a semblance of the deliverance that only Christ can bring to the hard questions of life.

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