Saturday, December 26th
But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law. Galatians 4:4 (NASB)
Today's thoughts from today's verse:
Today we wrap up our series and our week of Devotionals for Christmas. Even though it is the day after Christmas, we never really get past Christmas. On that first Christmas day Jesus Christ appeared on earth as God in the flesh and the connection he made with us keeps on going in a way the world never knew prior to that day but is available to everyone always and continuously going forward. Our verse for today says this connection was made in "the fullness of time." We have explored the Christmas story and interacted with many of the details that God brought about in order for Jesus Christ, God's Son to come at just the right moment, in just the right way, and in just the right place.
Notice that today's verse does not say that Jesus Christ was born of a man and woman, but rather "God sent forth His Son, born of a woman." The only way God the Son could take on human form was for God the Father to be the actual cause of the conception that came about in Mary's womb. In Luke 1:35 the angel described it to Mary in this way, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God." Without a Divine conception and birth we don't have Jesus Christ here on earth in the flesh. If we don't have Jesus Christ here on earth in the flesh, we don't have a Savior to "save His people from their sins." Without our being saved from our sins God cannot reclaim a lost humanity for himself (to live for his glory and his purposes) and everyone perishes in the absence of eternal life.
The last thing today's verse says is that Jesus Christ was born under the law. Jesus came to earth with the old covenant (law) in effect in order put into place the new covenant. Regarding the last supper just before Jesus Christ's death, burial, and resurrection, Luke 22:20 says this: "And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, 'This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.'" Hebrews 10:8-10 says, “Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You have not desired, nor have You taken pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the Law), then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will.” He takes away the first in order to establish the second. By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 9:26B says, "But now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus, thank you for being manifested to the world in the fullness of time. Thank you for the new covenant of grace of which I am a forever recipient. Thank you for new life and eternal life. Thank you that Christmas is everything! Amen
Posted on Sat, December 26, 2015
by Alan Porter