The Christmas Story

But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. – Galatians 4:4-5

Here’s a passage you’re unlikely to hear during most Christmas services.   We spend a lot of time talking about Mary, Joseph, the wise men, shepherds…but not so much time talking about why.  I’m glad Jesus came at Christmas.  I’m even more grateful to know why.

I’m not smart enough to understand all that the verse means when it says “when the time had fully come” except to say that God had a plan.  Plans have timetables.  The time God picked to send Jesus was just the right time for his plan to succeed.  I’m also not smart enough to understand all that it means when it says “God sent his Son”, except to say the obvious.  In order for Jesus to be sent, he had to already be.  God sent his son ON PURPOSE.  God wasn’t surprised that people rejected him.  He knew when he created us that we would choose to reject him.  But he sent Jesus anyway.  God had a plan.

I think it’s cool that Jesus was born of a woman.  I don’t understand exactly how, other than by the Holy Spirit.  That means he was one of us…and God.  But, “how” isn’t the important question.  “Why” is the important question.  You hear all the time about angels and supernatural appearances in the bible.  God could have just showed up.  He could have done like he did with with Belshazzar and just written a message on the wall with his finger (Daniel 5:5).  He could have done a lot of different things, but he sent his son as a baby through a woman.  Why?  God’s needed to know what it was like to be one of us.  God needed to relate to us.  God needed to be one of us so he could save us.  God had a plan.

The law was given that we might be mindful of sin – Romans 3:20.  And if mindful, then aware of our need.  The law is given only for lawbreakers – 1 Timothy 1:9.  Jesus was born of a woman, under the law, to fulfill it and to save us from the burden of it.  He came to redeem us.  “Redeem” means to do something that compensates for poor past performance or behavior.  That “something” was to pay our penalty for sin.  That something was to die.  God had a plan.

Did you know that the bible says that Jesus is now at the right hand (again) of the Father and lives to intercede for us (Hebrews 7:25)?  Jesus is alive.  Did you know that because Jesus completed his mission, we can be joint heirs with him in eternity?  We can have the full rights of sons.  Regardless of our gender.  God had a plan.

Thank you God that you had a plan.  Please use this blog to show others who you are and to call them to yourself.

Merry Christmas everyone.