Day Eleven of “Getting Ready for Christmas.” Read Galatians 4:4-7.
What we know as Christmas–the coming of God in human flesh–occurred at the perfect time in history.
Everything about Christmas took place according to God’s plan. The time, the place, and the characters (Mary, Joseph, shepherds, and wise men) took place to accomplish God’s plan.
That is what Paul meant about the “fullness of time.” Historians marvel at the number of events that came together to make that first Christmas the opportune time in history. That time and place opened the door for the gospel message to go into the entire Mediterranean world. This world was the center of culture and philosophy. The Greek culture and the Greek language gave a vehicle to proclaim the Gospel and to give the perfect written record of God’s work.
In addition, Roman law provided for a system that allowed for movement and travel and protection for those espousing a new and very different religion. The Roman system of roads allowed the movement that allowed the gospel message to explode over the Roman Empire.
God used all of this to give us the greatest of messages. Paul’s letter to the Galatians is not about the birth of Christ; it is about His work to set men free and to loose them from the bondage of rules, rituals,works, and sin.
So, “when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’ So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir” (Galatians 4: 4-7).
Let us live each day as the sons of God who have His Spirit dwelling in our hearts.
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