Paul's letter to the Romans begins with what some scholars believe is part of an ancient Christian creed. It is easy to see why one might think so. It even reads like one, especially if you write it out in creedal form:
The gospel concerning His Son,
who was descended from David
according to the flesh
and was declared to be Son of God with power
according to the Spirit of holiness
by resurrection from the dead.
Jesus Christ our Lord,
through whom we have received grace
and apostleship. (Romans 1:3-5)
These words reveal that Christmas and Easter belong together. One cannot be fully comprehended without the other. Each event in Jesus' life interprets and harmonizes with the other. The great hymns "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" and "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today" share more in common than Charles Wesley's authorship.
-- Kevin Baker in “Hail the Heaven Born”