CHRISTMAS ADVENT SERIES
“But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:4-5).
Before the foundation of the world God had a plan to save humanity from their sins. It was before the garden, before the tree, and before the subtle serpent deceived Eve. While some might think God reacted to the intrusion of sin into His perfect creation, actually God was acting before a sin was ever committed. It was all according to plan. God knew man would fail before He breathed life into his nostrils. God still loved humanity and plotted a way for them to escape the corruption of sin and death.
The first promise of redemption came at the conception of sin in the Garden. God declared that the serpent would wound the heel of man, but the seed of the woman will bruise the head of the serpent! (See Genesis 3:15) “The seed of the woman” was in the promise of redemption since the inception of sin. Amazingly, God used the same fragile flesh that failed in the Garden to produce the sinless creation of His Son. Sinful flesh produced the sinless Savior.
The mystery of the incarnation is that the Son of God was born in a world of sin and yet remained sinless. Divine purpose plotted His arrival and a predestined plan arranged the redemption. In “the fullness of time … God sent forth His Son, born of a woman.”
The marvelously manifested Creator entered His own creation through the back door of a stable and the back alley of society. He slipped in unpretentiously taking on the form of a servant, appearing in the most common manner of humanity, “born of a woman.” He subjected himself to the temptations of the flesh, the passions of nature, and the cruel whim the accusing assailants.
Jesus wanted to feel our pain, identify with our failures, and suffer rejection and death as an innocent man. He “made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:7-8).
The divine plan prevailed. The time arrived. The plan was executed. The man of flesh accepted the challenge only He could accomplish. He fulfilled His purpose and paid the ultimate price for redemption: shedding His innocent blood for the sins of the world.
“God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, …” Thank God He came, born of a woman, to provide salvation for us all.
Call His Name … Jesus!