The Aroma Is In The Air
SUGGESTED READING: 2 Corinthians 2:14-16
For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. 2 Corinthians 2:15
Christmas is a time when our spirits are lifted not only through the exchange of gifts but also through the wonderful aromas of scrumptious goodies being baked in the kitchen. The smell of sugar cookies, pumpkin chiffon pie, apple cake, gingerbread, brownies and a lot of other great holiday treats permeate the entire house. This aroma reaches out to every one of us and says taste me! After sampling these goodies you can't help but tell others how good they are and also give hugs and kisses to the cook for her labor of love.
The apostle Paul reminds the church at Corinth of the many difficulties experienced during his time of ministry (2 Corinthians 2:1-13). In verse fourteen he transitions from the depressing to the positive and offers thanks to God! Even though he is experiencing difficult times, he can still triumph in Christ. He pictures this victory in Christ by using the imagery of a triumphant Roman processional. In the processional, sweet smelling incense would be offered up to the Roman gods for their victory. The observer who caught this aroma in the air knew immediately what it indicated. Similarly, Paul is stating that when difficulties and depressing times arise, believers can spread the sweet aroma of victory in Jesus Christ to everyone in their presence. The aroma of Christ silently but powerfully compels the lost to taste Christ and see that he is good! Tasting Christ will fill and empower the soul with the bread of life that only God can give. What better Christmas present could be given than the sweet aroma of Jesus Christ flowing from every believer who celebrates His birth!