THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
The children all took their places at the first day of school.
The teacher said, "Let's get to know each other."
She turned to the first student and asked, "What do you want to be?"
He answered, "A doctor."
She turned to the second student, and asked, "What do YOU want to be?"
She answered, "A lawyer."
She turned to the third student and asked, "What do YOU want to be?"
He said, "Possible."
The teacher asked, "Why do you say that?"
He said, "Because my Mom is always calling me 'impossible'!"
4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son,
made of a woman, made under the law,
5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Jesus came for an improbable reason:
to offer forgiveness of sins, and redemption to all mankind -
"To redeem them that were under the law,"
And "that we might receive the adoption of sons."
"Under the law," we are condemned; we cannot live up to His perfection.
It is impossible for a person, on his/her own, to be perfect.
Rom 3:23 says, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;.."
But God, in Christ, lived up to that perfection and then offered His perfection on the cross to pay for our imperfection.
Rom 5:8 says, "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
He shed His own blood to "proclaim liberty to the captives" (Is. 61:1), and
"to set at liberty them that are bruised." (Lk 4:18)
Now, under Christ, we may "receive the adoption of sons!"
John 1:12 says, "But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name:"
Through surrender to Christ as Lord, "ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father." (Rom. 8:15)
That word, adoption, is translated from the Greek word which means:
to be PLACED as a son.
Through this first Christmas Present, the innocent Babe in the manger,
is produced REDEMPTION and SONSHIP!
That's why CHRISTmas is all about CHRIST!
Only the love of GOD could produce such results from an improbable reason!
Praise God, He has "made us ACCEPTED in the Beloved." (Eph 1:6)