“4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” – Galatians 4:4-5, ESV
I love this passage because it gives the complete story of God’s redemption of man. So often in the hustle and bustle of Christmas, Jesus gets overlooked in the rush to decorate, buy and wrap gifts, and attend parties. And when we do remember Jesus as “the reason for the season,” the focus is solely on the baby in the manger. But that is just part of the great Christmas story; there is so much more to Jesus than just his miraculous and wonderful birth!
In the fullness of time, God sent us His Son as a baby born in the humble setting of a stable in Bethlehem. What a miracle, that the Creator God would step out of Heaven and confine His infinite self in the finite flesh of a human being! That baby boy continued to grow in wisdom and stature, in favor with God and man.
In the fullness of time, the boy grew to be a man and lived a sinless life that was pleasing to His Heavenly Father. As part of God’s plan to redeem man, He went to the cross and willingly gave His life in payment for our sins. He conquered death that we might live!
In the fullness of time, we became the adopted children of God by faith in Christ Jesus, God’s Son who was born at the right time in Bethlehem, who died at the right time on the cross of Calvary, and who sits at the right hand of the Father today waiting to return to gather all things to Himself in the fullness of time.
As you celebrate the wonderful holiday of Christmas with your family this year, take time to reflect on the fact that Sovereign God was working before the foundation of the earth to bring His children to Him. He sent Jesus to free us from slavery to sin, and He has sealed us with the Holy Spirit as a guarantee that He will complete His work of salvation in us. This is the good news of Christmas!
May God Bless you and your family—Merry Christmas!