Galatians 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
Ga 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Ga 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
 
An even better translation of that would be, Abba, Daddy.

God sent His Son, made of a woman, made under the law. Think about that.
He didn't send Him in the form of an angel. He didn't send Him in glory and splendor, but He sent Him made of a woman, born of a woman, made under the law.
He was subject to the law just like the people He was born to.

Think of this. He sent this Son to us and He sent Him to where we were. He sent Him in our condition.
He sent Him to us and He sent Him like us.
 
He was born in a manger, not a palace, in poor surroundings. He was born helpless and naked to a humble family. He came to us in humbleness and helplessness so He could be a High Priest who is easily touched with the feelings of our infirmities.
 
Sometimes we hear the story of Jesus, and we have heard it so often that we stop paying attention to it. We lose the meaning and the message that came with Him.
 
It has been proven that if you drive the same route to work every day for a number of years, you become so used to it you stop paying attention. You start letting your mind wander off the potential hazards and onto more pleasant thoughts.

In the same way those of us who have been in church for many years sometimes find the story of Jesus so familiar that we actually become calloused to the meaning of the manger.
 
Just like driving that same route to work we become so used to the manger that we stop paying attention to it and just go through the motions.

We actually let ourselves become immune to the birth of Christ. When we do that we open ourselves to all kinds of dangers. We're so used to the story that we miss the Christ in it.
 
Are we so used to the story that we miss the purpose and the sacrifice that Jesus made when He laid down the glory He had with the Father to come in helplessness and humbleness to be made the Son of Man that we could be made the children of God.

Ga 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Ga 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father
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Story: It was Christmas time again, and the little girl watched as her mother was so busy scheduling parties and get-togethers with family and friends that she had no time to relax and no time for her. Her father was also busy putting up the outside lights, decorating the yard for Christmas, and going over bills and gift lists that he, too, had no time to relax. In fact, the little girl noticed how they kept telling her to get out of their way as they worked. This made her feel very lonely at the time of year everyone should feel included. So she prayed: God forgive us our Christmases as we forgive those who Christmas against us.
 
Let's not lose track of the mystery and the miracle of the manger.
 
Amplified Bible: Galatians 4:4 But when the proper time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born subject to [the regulations of] the Law,
Gal 4:5 To purchase the freedom of (to ransom, to redeem, to [a]atone for) those who were subject to the Law, that we might be adopted and have sonship conferred upon us [and be recognized as God’s sons].


The Christmas story is a story of adoption. This Christmas I am celebrating the day that Jesus came to take care of all the legalities and make all the arrangements for my adoption into the Family of God.

When the time had fully come...

Ephesians 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.

Here is a partial list of Jesus' Christmas gift to you:
1. Full Rights of Sons & Daughters.
2. The Father's Name.
3. The Father's Love.
4. The Father's Character.
5. The Father's Relationship.
6. The Father's Choice.
7. The Father's Access.
8. The Father's Provision.
9. The Father's Discipline.
10. The Father's Family.
11. The Father's Estate.

This is an amazing truth when we put it in perspective.
John 1:11-13
John 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
Joh 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Joh 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Christmas is all about adoption into the Family of God. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son (to be adopted so that we could be adopted) that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

You see, the news gets better. In the fulness of time Jesus came to pay the price and to take care of our adoption. But when the work was done He returned to the Father.

But when the fulness of time comes again He is coming back to gather us to Himself in the Father's house.
 
John 14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
Joh 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

 
So this Christmas don't forget all that we as Christians have to celebrate about.
Don't forget how Jesus came in a manger, a lowly birth so that people could know that they are welcome into the Family of God.

Let me ask you these questions. Have you received Him as Savior and Redeemer?
Is your adoption complete?

If not it can be today and you can have the best Christmas that you have ever known.

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