Christmas Special: The Greatest Gift

“But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, so that He may redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” (Gal 4:4) It had been the day that God had appointed. It was the day that God had sent His Son into the world. Christ was the greatest gift ever given.

From the beginning, Christ was the word. All things were created for Him and through Him. There was never a time He did not exist. His entrance into this world, amazing as it was, was not a surprise. It was not a contingency plan. It was not plan B.

This day was the day foretold by the great prophet, Isaiah. Centuries before this day, God gave to Isaiah the honor of introducing His Son. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.” (Isa 9:6)

The Word became flesh. On this day, our God became known to us. “You cannot see my face, for no man can see Me and live.” (Ex 33:20) While no one could embrace the sight of the Almighty God, He indeed did reveal Himself to us. He revealed Himself in Christ. He became flesh of this world that He might make himself known.

For the time had come for Him to reconcile the world to Himself. Have you often wondered why God stopped Abraham from sacrificing his son? Was it merely a test of faith? God peered into his heart and had seen that it was good. Let us put it another way; God said, Stop! I will make the sacrifice; and at the appointed hour to come, our Holy God did make the sacrifice.

The One, True God came to sacrifice part of Himself. Since we could not survive the personal presence of God in all His Glory, In Christ, He came into the world as flesh and blood. He came in a way that He could reveal Himself without destroying us. Moses was unable to see the Glory of God and live beyond it. Jacob survived, yet not without consequences. After wrestling with God, he was left crippled.

For our sins to come, God gave us a punishment that our very lives could not survive. However, there was no way to be reconciled to Him, without the punishment being paid. We owed it to Him. In Adam, we are the ones that sinned from the beginning.

But God, from His outpouring love, created us. He loved us and loves us beyond measure. God would not destroy His creation; His image in us. And so when the fullness of time came, God appeared to us in Christ Jesus. He revealed His Holiness and His love for us through Christ. Born unto a woman, God gave us the greatest gift ever; the gift of His presence in Christ.

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