THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
The pastor awakened hearing a noise in the living room.
When he walked into the living room there was a burglar.
The pastor asked, "What are you doing?"
The thief said, "Looking for money."
The pastor sat down and said, "If you find any, I want half."
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.
Peter Larson wrote: “Despite our efforts to keep Him out, God intrudes. The life of Jesus is bracketed by two impossibilities: a virgin’s womb and an empty tomb. Jesus entered our world through a door marked ‘No Entrance’ and left through a door marked ‘No Exit.’”
In this Christmas season, let us be reminded that God came in the Person of Jesus "when the fullness of the time was come."
Incarnate glory physically entered time and earth at the perfect moment.
His glorious birth led to a death caused by the most cruel human instrument ever known - the cross.
In that perfect historical time,
"God commendeth (demonstrated) His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died (on the cross) for us." (Romans 5:8)
He came in an impossible manner, born of a virgin, fulfilling the prophecies:
"And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." (Gen 3:15)
"Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive , and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel (God with us)." (Isa 7:14)
He came for an improbable reason, to offer forgiveness of sins, and redemption to all mankind - "To redeem them that were under the law."
"Under the law," we are condemned, for we cannot live up to that perfection.
But God, in Christ, lived up to that perfection and then offered His perfection on the cross to pay for our imperfection.
He came to offer an inexplicable gift - "the adoption of sons."
How? John 1:12 tells us "..as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:" (John 1:12).
To all who believe Him as Christ and surrender to Him as Lord, He becomes the adoption writ whereby we are made "sons of GOD!"
"Dear Lord, with each little gift of this season, let us be reminded of Your perfect Gift, given at the perfect time."