“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” (Galatians 4:4-5)
The anticipation had been building for a long time. All throughout the Old Testament we see story after story of God’s people living with eagerness, excitement, and hope for the long-awaited Messiah.
And now the time had come – this King they had heard about for so long, the Savior who would fulfill the law and take them from slavery to freedom, was coming! Galatians tells us that “when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son…” At just the right time, God sent forth His only Son to a world full of sin, greed, selfishness, deceit and hate.
But the payoff was great. A dying world of imperfect, sinful people desperately needed a Savior. To redeem means to buy or pay off; to recover, exchange or convert. Jesus, this sweet, perfect baby, born in a manger, sleeping on hay is our Redeemer. He fulfilled the law, took all of our sin, guilt and shame upon Himself and bought our freedom. He exchanged His life for our own so that we could be called sons of God.
Our gracious and loving God sent His Son to be born of a woman, into a sinful, broken world so that He might adopt us into His family and call us sons and daughters. God didn’t do this because He needed us – no, God chose us because He loves us.
Discipleship Challenge: As we spend time with family and friends today celebrating Christmas, reflect on your Redeemer. Allow Christmas to be a reminder of our sin, brokenness, and helplessness. And may we rejoice in the babe in the manger with hearts overflowing with gratitude as we “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!” (John 1:29)
“Guilty, vile and helpless we; spotless Lamb of God was He; “Full atonement!” can it be? Hallelujah! What a Savior!”
Jessica Clipperton is Downline’s Director of Communications