Whom God Has Sent

Galatians 4:4-7 (NIV)

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.

God sent His Son and then God sent His Spirit and it all started in the manger of Bethlehem.  God chose the perfect time in history to send His Son, Jesus.  Jesus was, “born under the law” of Moses to “redeem those under the law” (Gal. 4:4-5, NIV).  In other words, Jesus was born to keep the law of Moses perfectly because people cannot.  In our sins, we are slaves to sin and Jesus came to ransom us from the sin that holds us captive.  Jesus came to turn us from slaves of sin into sons and daughters of the King.  We have been adopted into God’s family through His perfect Son.  Now, because we are His children, God has made us heirs and we have received an inheritance of the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit of Christ dwells in our hearts and reminds us of our status as God’s children.  This Spirit calls out, “Abba, Father” (Gal. 4:6, NIV).  Abba is no ordinary word for God.  This is the Aramaic word for “Daddy.”  This is a word of deep affection that is only used within a family setting.  We are God’s children because of what God’s only begotten Son has done for us.  This is what Christmas is all about.  So live today as that which you are – a son or daughter of the King!
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I thank You for sending Your Son so that I may be called Your child. Help me to remember that I am Your child because of Your grace bestowed upon me through faith in Jesus. Thank You for this special time of year as we remember the birth of Your Son. In His name, amen.

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