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. (Galatians 4:4-5 ESV)
God’s divine power and authority were invested in sending his Son to us. Nothing makes me realize how committed our heavenly Father is to his children than the awareness that he sent his Son. He initiated the process of reconciling mankind to himself. He provided the means by which forgiveness would be granted through faith in Christ. He sovereignly demonstrated his tender love and mercy toward us in the way he sent his Son. His Son was born. The eternal Son became a son. The amazing humbling act of God taking on human flesh escapes the power of human imagination. That the law giver willingly became accountable to it himself shows his love for righteousness.
God sent his Son for two specific purposes. People throughout history have benefited from God’s gift of his Son in two ways. First, we have been liberated from the death sentence that hung over our heads because we are guilty according to the law. All of us have sinned and are therefore standing under the deserved condemnation having perverted righteousness and offended a holy God. Second, we are adopted into God’s family and enjoy the full privileges of being heirs to his kingdom. Because God is sovereign, we can be sure that he will accomplish his purpose.
We celebrate the birth of Christ by giving and receiving gifts. I hope that as you read this you will recognize the amazing gift we have in God’s Son. He is our only hope of deliverance from the penalty and consequence of sin. How do you receive the gift of God’s son? It is as simple as receiving a gift. In this case, you recognize your need for deliverance, believer God’s promises are true, and ask for forgiveness and the grace necessary learn how to be part of God’s family. God will honor that request from a genuine heart.