THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Twas the perfect Gift,
That first Christmas day of yore,
The Gift once opened,
The Giver cried - "There's MORE!"
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.’”
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)
"Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation." (Is. 12:2)
"Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me:
for there is no saviour beside me." (Hos. 13:4)
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."
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!"
THERE is the perfect Gift: CHRIST, THE LORD!
In this Christmas season, let us be reminded that God came in the Person of Jesus "when the fulness of the time was come."
Incarnate glory physically entered time and earth at the perfect moment.
For His glorious birth must lead 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)