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"But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship."
Life's Application Commentary: Jesus was born of a woman - he was human. He was born as a Jew - he was subject to God's law and fulfilled it perfectly. Thus, Jesus was the perfect sacrifice because although he was fully human, he never sinned. His death brought freedom for us who were enslaved to sin so that we could be adopted into God's family.
Let us not forget why we celebrate this season. Be blessed and Merry CHRISTmas.
A Reason to Celebrate by Dr. Charles Stanley
At Christmastime, the part of Jesus’ life that we think about most is, of course, His birth. You hear sermons about it, see nativity scenes everywhere, and perhaps even notice the Bethlehem story referenced on secular news broadcasts. What we all too easily forget at this time of year, however, is the reason that little baby came. He was born to die.
Now, you may not like thinking about that right now. You may be preparing food for a family gathering or looking around your home at some beautiful decorations, and you just do not want to think about the brutal death that awaited the peaceful infant at the center of your manger scene. And yet, how can we truly celebrate the birth of Christ without taking into account the reason for His arrival?
Jesus had a purpose in life. From the moment He appeared that night in Bethlehem, He lived His life on mission for the Father. He came to show us who God really is. He came to teach us how to live, walk, and talk as spiritual people. But most importantly, He came so that we might have a full, intimate relationship with the Father He knew so well. Jesus’ job was to secure our salvation. That victory would cost Him His life.
Therefore, as we embrace the celebration of Christmas, let us not lose our focus. As we lay our praises at the foot of the manger, let us not forget that He came so that we may lay our sins down at the foot of the cross. This is Jesus’ Christmas gift to you.