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Today’s 333 Devotional: “Why Did Jesus Come?”
To Redeem Us
“But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law.” (Galatian 4:4-5)
Everyone is under the law, and are subject to its requirements. And so, Jesus came in the fullness of time, born of a women, and made under the law, to redeem us.
Jesus came to be our redeemer. Jesus didn’t come to help us live moral lives, to bring another philosophy of life, or to set up a new form of government. Jesus came to pay the ransom price required by the law for our sins, something that none of us could ever do on our own (Psalms 49:8-9).
The Bible says that the wages of sin is death, and that everyone has sinned. So, the cost is beyond our ability to pay.
But why did Jesus do that? So that we can become His children.
“But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” (Galatians 4:4-6)
Jesus didn’t come to give nice Christmas presents; He came to give us the greatest present of them all, to redeem us and to make us God’s children, members of God’s divine family.
Paul said in Romans 8:15, “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’”
Abba, is the Aramaic word and is used as a term of endearment. In English we would say, “Papa,” or “Daddy.”
Paul is saying through belief in Jesus Christ we are no longer slaves to this world; rather we are sons and daughters of the Most High God, and thus heirs of heaven. Now, that is the best Christmas present ever.
(From the sermon, “The Sum Total of the Christmas Message.” Check it out on our YouTube Channel, “Mesquite NV Living Waters Fellowship,” or read on our webpage, “mesquitelivingwaters.com,” or Sermon Central, “sermoncentral.com.”)
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