I love to hear stories of families enjoying all of the hoopla that comes around Christmas. This is truly a wonderful time of year. Most often, we are reminded somewhere along the way to remember “the reason for the season.” These well meaning people want us, as we should, to give thought to the amazing miracle that took place more than 2,000 years ago – the birth of Jesus. We have all heard the story; in fact, many of us know portions of Luke chapter 2 where the most common telling is found.
This year I came across something new and wonderful – well, as new as something centuries old can be. Nonetheless, it is new and fresh to me. It is a different take on what we call the “Christmas story.” I love this so much. In a letter to the church at Galatia, Paul wrote: “But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law,…” Paul covers the entire Christmas story and the full gospel of salvation in less than one sentence. For him, all of that is simply a matter of fact, a piece of history.
Paul wants to get to the real point of Christmas. Paul wants to make sure his readers understand what Christmas means to them today. He assumes everybody knows the past. Further, He is writing to a group of Christians; so, he feels that they know their future is secure and that they will be with God forever. He wants to show them how the Christmas story invites them to live life well here and now, today. So, he continues…
“…that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.”
We are taught that Christmas is more than a beautiful story with promise for the future. Christmas is about the here and now. Christmas was the start of a 3 decade mission for your adoption. Think about that – the God of the universe has sought out, called, fulfilled all the requirements to adopt you. This means that you are chosen, selected, desired. And the process wasn’t simple. God’s process of adoption cost Him His Son. He loves you so much. He has claimed you as his own and offers you all of the rights a son or daughter of God can have – the same power, comfort, authority granted Jesus himself are available to you right now.
Past: It’s true that an amazing event happened more than 2,000 years ago.
Future: It’s true that this event paved the way for us to join God in heaven for eternity.
Present: What Paul told the church at Galatia is just as true for you right now. God says, “I’m your Daddy. Quit living as you are. Start living out the life that I have given you.”
- A life of promise.
- A life of hope.
- A life of power.
- A life of love.
- A life of destiny.
You have been given a life worth living; walk in it!
Much thanx to Orange for opening my eyes to these thoughts.