“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” Galatians 4:4-5
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless (helpless), Christ died for the ungodly. Romans 5:6
God’s timing is perfect and His ways are far above and beyond our ways! Before the birth of Jesus Christ, mankind was desperate; we were without help and without hope in this world. Because of the love the Father has for us, at the proper time, God sent His Son to rescue mankind.
But why wasn’t Jesus born hundreds of years earlier or later? “When the fullness of time had come,” God prepared the exact, perfect conditions: religious, cultural, and political, to invade our atmosphere with His Son, the Word made flesh. Being born of a woman, under the law, Jesus identified with us; fully man and yet, fully God!
Jesus humbled Himself, and “though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, (Phil. 2:6)” and paid the penalty of sin as a substitute for mankind.
C. S. Lewis simplified it this way: “The Son of God became a man to enable men to become the sons of God.”
We could not have been adopted into His family and grafted in to the Vine without God’s perfect sacrifice. Also remember the Lord sees the end from the beginning. With this in mind, do you know the first verse related to ‘Christmas’ in the Bible? We need to go all the way back to Genesis and the fall of mankind where God cursed the serpent, saying:
“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring (seed); He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” Genesis 3:15 (NIV = “crush” and “”strike”)
The battle lines were drawn!
The Curse of Genesis 3:15 is Central to Understanding the Bible and the battle of good vs. evil!
Satan would cause Christ to suffer while Jesus would destroy Satan with a fatal blow.
…The devil knew the promised Messiah would come—and that He would come from the Jewish people. So he tried to stop that from taking place. Remember King Herod tried killing all male babies under two years old (Matt. 2:16) in the vicinity of Bethlehem after hearing from the wise men where the prophesied child was to be born?
So as we look deeper into the Christmas story, we realize that it doesn’t begin in Matthew or Luke. God had a masterful plan.
Jesus stepped down and set aside His crown of gold to temporarily wear a crown of thorns.
May we focus on Him and look for every opportunity to share the good news of Christ this Christmas season and every day until He returns or takes us Home.