Gal 4:4-5: “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”.
Have you ever known anyone that has been adopted? I have had the privilege of knowing a few people who were adopted over the years. One friend of mine when I was at school stands out in particular. I will spare the details but when it boils down to it, my friend was given the chance of living a life full of everything that his childhood mind could imagine. Every birthday, every Christmas, the feeling of love he must have felt must have been overwhelming. He knew he had been given something that was a blessing to him. When we look at Christ being born for us so that we might be adopted as sons of the living God, it makes the true greatness of an earthly adoption pale in its comparison. To think that we were born into sin and lived in the darkness of that sin for a time; did we really deserve to have that feeling – and more importantly, position; of being adopted into a love that we can not comprehend? The answer of course is, No! But that is the beauty of being saved by grace and through this act, being adopted into the Kingdom of God as sons and furthermore, heirs of God through Christ. Heirs! Wow! As an Englishman the word heir carries a very special meaning. For instance, Prince Charles will not become the King of England because we voted him in, he will become the King of England because it is his birth right. He is the heir to the throne and no democratic process in the world can stop the theocratic ruling. Praise the Lord that in a much grander way it is the same with us. We are heirs also due to our birth, our new birth in the Spirit. A true theocratic position that no vote can alter. Now we get to experience a love that far surpasses the great love that an earthly adopted child receives.
So be thankful to the Christ-Child this Christmas, that he was born for you, so that you might have a life that you don’t deserve at all.
Isn’t it great to know that we have all been adopted into the same family! We are all brothers and sisters!
What kind of love is this? It is Christ’s Love.