April 6, 2017 – Thursday
Read: Galatians 4:4, TLB and Matthew 20:28, TLB
Focus: Gal. 4:4, TLB and Matt. 20:28, TLB
But when the right time came, the time God decided on, he sent his Son, born of a woman, born as a Jew,
“Your attitude must be like my own, for I, the Messiah, did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give my life as a ransom for many.”
We all love the Christmas story, don’t we? A sweet little baby is born to a young couple under less than ideal circumstances. Neighboring shepherds spread the news of angels visiting and proclaiming peace because of His birth. The local ruler is jealous and tries to have Him killed and so the family flees to a safer place. Some really nice rich guys are led by a star to bring the baby strange, but meaningful, gifts, and the whole event is news for a while but then dies down for years. We see little of the baby boy for many years and the story is just that – a good story and maybe a new holiday to celebrate.
But then, one day a grown man appears on the scene and begins doing miracles. He and his friends travel about doing good, but we are getting all kinds of flak from local leaders and spiritual guys. He claims to be the Son of God, but lots of these people know he is just that little baby all grown up – they don’t believe his claim. Ah, but some believe and begin to follow Him! This angers and threatens the big wigs so things are set in motion to take him to trial and kill Him on a cross. Trouble is, He doesn’t stay dead! He rises again and stirs things up for a while before going back to heaven and leading a movement from there that will last forever!
In the book written about all this, the writer of Galatians talks about the baby’s birth in this way: “When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son” (Gal. 4:4, KJV). When the time was right, Christ was born. The Christmas story had its beginnings many years before it was told.
But then, in that same Book, Matthew relates that: “The son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matt. 20:28). In other words, He was BORN TO DIE! Jesus, Himself, said that He “came to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10, KJV). We all have sinned and the penalty for sin is death. But God chose to send His Son, Jesus, to pay that penalty for us, once and for all. The truth of Christmas is that Jesus came for Easter. He came to die in our place so that forgiveness from sin and assurance of Heaven could be offered to all who believe. Have you accepted this gift of salvation? If not, let Easter 2017 be the day you take full possession of God’s Christmas present to you. Then you will know The REST of the (Christmas) Story: John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (KJV).