Galatians 4:4-5 - Some Christmas Thoughts.
Galatians 4:4-5 (NLT) But when the right
time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman,
subject to the law. 5 God sent him to buy freedom
for us who were slaves to the law, so that he
could adopt us as his very own children.
An Appointment with Planet Earth
When you open your Christmas presents,
most likely youll get something youre
excited about. But that which is new today can
become old in two or three weeks.
Someone has said that familiarity breeds
contempt, but I think more often it breeds
We can become like that toward the
message of Christmas. Lets try to put ourselves
in Bethlehem two thousand years ago and imagine
the impact of this message. From Genesis on, we
read about angels, prophets, and messages from
God that came in rapid succession. But prior to
the arrival of Jesus, there were four hundred
years of silence from Heaven.
But then angels broke that silence when
the angel Gabriel came to tell Zacharias that he
and his wife, Elizabeth, would be the parents of
John the Baptist. Later, the angels announced the
birth of Jesus Himself. This was a significant
event that changed world history and all of
Lukes gospel is very specific in
pointing out certain facts, so well have a
historical basis to understand when this actually
happened. Luke mentions the emperor Caesar Augustus
and Quirinius, the governor of Syria.
He wants us to know this was a real event
that happened in history rather than a fairy tale
that he invented. Luke is telling us that this is
a historical event that happened in real
Interestingly, the story of Jesus is not
a rags-to-riches story; its a
riches-to-rags story. He gave up everything to come to us.
Galatians 4 tells us, But when the
right time came, God sent his Son, born of a
woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy
freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that
he could adopt us as his very own children
(verses 4"5 NLT).
The message of Christs birth is that
He came to bring hope, healing, and salvation
to us. [Greg Laurie from Harvest Ministries;
No Time for God?
The birth of Jesus Christ divided human
time. Rome had established control over much of
the world at this point. The Pax Romana, a
period of peace during the Roman Empire, was a time
of brutal peace. The Romans cared most about
two things: submission to Rome and a steady flow
of wealth into Roman coffers.
But with the absence of war, many people
were rediscovering art, literature, and
philosophy, and they were asking questions. They were
talking about human destiny and the meaning of life.
When the right time came, the Bible
says, God sent his Son, born of a woman,
subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for
us who were slaves to the law, so that he could
adopt us as his very own children (Galatians
Caesar Augustus thought he was a powerful
man, and he was, but he also was a pawn in the
hand of God Almighty. Thats because history is
His story. Thus, God moved Augustus to
accomplish His purposes, reminding us that God is in
control. He is sovereign over all nations and over
The Bible says, The kings heart is
like a stream of water directed by the Lord; he
guides it wherever he pleases (Proverbs 21:1
NLT). God can move the heart of a king, queen,
prime minister, president, senator, congressman,
or CEO. God will accomplish His purposes.
Augustus thought that by ordering a
census, he would have greater control over the
world. But in the end, all he did was run an errand
The Lord needed Mary and Joseph in
Bethlehem because Scripture prophesied, But you, O
Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among
all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel,
whose origins are in the distant past, will come
from you on my behalf (Micah 5:2 NLT).
Joseph and Mary made the ninety-mile
journey to Bethlehem for the census that Augustus
decreed. We like to imagine scenes of Joseph and Mary
silhouetted against a full moon on such a beautiful
night. But the reality is that it was a very
difficult and dangerous journey, especially for a
woman in the ninth month of her pregnancy.
You would have hoped the hardships would
have ended when they finally arrived in
Bethlehem. But the Bible says, There was no room for
them in the inn (Luke 2:7 NKJV). This
doesnt vilify the innkeeper (if there was indeed an
innkeeper); it simply presents him for who he was: a man
who was preoccupied and busy. You would have
thought he could have found it in his heart to make
room for a woman who was ready to give birth at
any moment. But he sent Joseph and Mary to a
barn, or more likely a cave, where the Savior of
the world was born.
There are people today who are just like
this innkeeper. They dont have any time in
their lives for God. But we had better make room
for Him. As the Christmas hymn Joy to the
World reminds us, Let every heart prepare Him
room. Make time for Him today. [Greg Laurie from
Harvest Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com]
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