Today is the day after Christmas. I hope you enjoyed a blessed Christmas celebration amongst family and friends.
So much hype, anticipation, and expectation lead up to Christmas. It can result in feelings of let down after the excitement of the day is over. I want to share with you some reflections from Christmas Eve services this year that speak to my heart of the gift of Christmas year round.
From Galatians 4:4 “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.”
In the fullness of God’s time, He sent forth His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. When God began the world His clock began to tick. Over the next four thousand years many events took place by the sovereign plan of God. He promised a son to Eve who would crush the serpent’s head. He promised Noah that He would dwell in the tents of Shem, He promised Abraham that through him all of the nations of the world would be blessed, and God promised David that his throne would be established forever. In the fullness of time Jesus came and fulfilled all of the promises of God.
But why did Jesus come? We all know this and Paul makes it clear in Galatians 4:5. God sent His Son to redeem us from our sin, to redeem us who under the law were kept apart from God by the continual breaking of His holy law. Jesus came to redeem us! Before the Christmas week ends and before the decorations comes down and before the Spirit of Christmas gives way to the regular actions and attitudes of life, remind all of the people you can that Jesus came to redeem us. We, unable to keep God’s law, needed to redeemed from our sin. Jesus came to redeem us so that we could be adopted as sons into God’s eternal family – this is what I call the one lesson of Christmas.
Happy New Year in Advance.