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Christmas is here: the Lord has come! Part 5

December 17, 2014

Grace to you! We’ve been looking at some wonderful Bible verses regarding the birth of Christ. We’ve seen how Scripture predicted the coming of the Son of God to take on human flesh hundreds of years before Jesus was even born. This week we are looking at a very informative passage about understanding the nature and purpose of Christmas. Hear the Apostle Paul: “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” (Galatians 4:4-5)

Let’s look at these verses in each part. First, Scripture says Jesus came and ONLY came at the right appointed time. You and I were haphazardly born into this world. Our parents may not even have ‘planned’ us but nevertheless here we are! Not so with God’s Son. The Father sent Him forth to be born of the virgin Mary at the ‘appointed time.’ This is indeed interesting. For example, why wasn’t Jesus sent into the world as soon as man sinned against God? Why not in our present time and setting?

It was because God had been writing His story of redemption throughout the Old Testament and once the stage was set, the star of the show was brought onto the scene! Here’s a few things that were ‘in place’ when Jesus came onto the scene so that the world could be ready to “receive Her king” as the words of “Joy To The World” say. The known world then knew a universal language: Greek. This enabled all of various nations to hear the gospel of salvation in a language they understood. Further, Rome ruled the world and had roads all over the world. Ever hear the saying “all roads lead to Rome”? This is because in the Roman Empire all roads did eventually lead to the national headquarters. This universal interstate system allowed the gospel to travel very efficiently and quickly to all nations. On top of all of this, biblical prophecies, such as Daniel 9:24-27, had been pointing to the time when the Messiah would come. It indeed was time for the King of kings and Lord of lords to take center stage of the drama of the world!

Second, the passage notes that Jesus was to be born of a woman, an interesting curiosity in light of the fact that the biblical narrative always traces the genealogy through the male. Why mention ‘born of a woman’? Genesis 3:15 says from the ‘seed of the woman’ specifically, and not the male, would be the One that would be born from a virgin woman alone (see Isaiah 7:14) to “destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8) Part of the reason Christmas is here is because Jesus came to destroy Satan and his kingdom. This is good news!

Next week we will look at the remaining parts of our verses to see what else we are told about the real meaning of Christmas.

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