But when the time had fully come,
God sent his Son,
born of a woman, born under law,
to redeem those under law,
that we might receive the full rights of sons.
God sent His Son
Over two thousand years ago, on a quiet night in Bethlehem, God sent His Son. No perfectly decorated tree or lights adorning the stable, just a baby lying in a lowly manger. Jesus, God's Holy Son, was welcomed into the world by cattle and shepherds.
He came from Heaven
At this time of year the focus is usually on Jesus as a baby, lying in a manger. But this year my thoughts have been turned to Jesus, full of Glory, seated on the throne in Heaven. I know we usually associate the cross with Easter instead of Christmas, but Jesus came to die; and I can't help thinking of what He endured and how He bore my sins as I celebrate this year.
All glory to him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by shedding his blood for us. He has made us a Kingdom of priests for God his Father. Revelation 1:6
I am the First and the Last. I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave. Revelation 1:18
Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb! Revelation 7:9,10
Jesus was born to die. The whole reason He came to earth was to free us from our sins through the shedding of His blood. He made a way for us to enter into a personal relationship with the Holy, Living, Mighty, Awesome God. This is now our future, because of the baby in the manger:
They will never again be hungry or thirsty;
they will never be scorched by the heat of the sun.
For the Lamb on the throne
will be their Shepherd.
He will lead them to springs of life-giving water.
And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.