It’s not quite December but Thanksgiving is behind us. We barely put away the leftovers and our attention is toward all things Christmas. Black Friday has turned into Black Thursday. Decorating, shopping, baking, cooking, wrapping, gatherings with family and friends…. all on top of the usual demands on our already busy lives. It’s so easy to get caught up in all the holiday preparations and have little time left over to seek the One whose birth we are celebrating. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, we’ll be focusing on the Incarnate Christ. We hope you’ll join us in memorizing and meditating on the Word that will keep our focus on the reason for this season!
In two short verses that we’ll be memorizing this week, Paul gives us a beautiful picture tying together the birth of Christ and His resurrection. As I’ve pondered over this verse, it’s not only the connection of these events in such few words that has caught my attention. The words of Luke, Matthew and John have reverberated in my mind as I’ve read this verse. This is what Paul had to say about the coming of our Savior:
“But when the fullness of time had come” … The fullness of time….a time that began in the garden when Adam and Eve ate of the apple and the curse was pronounced on the serpent and the first promise of salvation was given (Genesis 3:15). Yet a redemption that was foreordained before the foundation of the world (1 Peter 1:20). “God sent forth His Son” “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. … And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1-2;14) “Born of a woman” “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son and they shall call His name Emmanuel (which means God with us).” (Matthew 1:23). “Born under the law” “In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.” (Luke 2:1)
Emmanuel, the One born of a woman, born under the law, sent forth “to redeem those who were under the law” – that’s you and I – “so that we might receive adoption as sons.”