Thursday, January 2, 2014

Resolved: I will write here

Here are some verses that I've been thinking about through the Christmas season:

But when the fullness of time had come, 
God sent forth his Son, born of woman, 
born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, 
so that we might receive adoption as sons.
And because you are sons, 
God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, 
crying, “Abba! Father!”
Galatians 4:4-6 (ESV)

There is so much to ponder here:
"When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son..."
God sent Jesus, the fulfillment of all His promises,
at just the right time, the perfect time, the fullness of time.

Jesus was born of a woman, plucked out of His infinity, deity and majesty... and transplanted unceremoniously into human history.  The Son of God was not born in a palace, or in a hospital, or even in a clean bed.  He was born in a barn among animals, because there was no room for his parents in the inn.

Jesus was placed in a manger, an eating trough.  Instead of being cradled warm against His mother's skin, He lay prone on a bed of hay where cattle satisfied their hunger, an offering from the very first hour.  Before He could speak, He communicated, "I am the bread of life.  The bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.  For my flesh is true food.  Whoever feeds on my flesh abides in me, and I in him.  This is the bread that came down from heaven.  Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever." (see John 6)

Jesus was born under law to redeem those under law.  We were condemned under the law for never being able to meet God's holy standard.  There was no sacrifice we could offer that would cleanse us from our human imperfection.  Jesus was born under the law and kept it perfectly. Then, through His perfection, He was able to offer Himself, the only sacrifice precious enough to cleanse us from our sin.  

This is very difficult to understand, 
how it works that Jesus was perfect 
and because He was, we gain His righteousness.

2 Corinthians 5:21-
For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, 
so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.

In the process, once Christ purifies us,
our hearts become the very dwelling place of the Holy Spirit
who will never leave us nor forsake us,
who teaches us to love God,
who moves us to recognize our Father
and call out to Him "Abba!" which means, "Daddy."

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