Most of us can remember what it was like to be a child during the Christmas season. The weeks and days before Christmas morning were full of excitement and wonder. As adults, most of us still enjoy this most wonderful time of the year. We look forward to the food, the music, and the excitement in our children’s faces. But sadly, many of us have lost that sense of wonder we once had. I think we need to rediscover it this Christmas season. In fact, as we grow and mature in our faith, the celebration of Christmas should be characterized by an ever deepening sense of awe about the mystery of the incarnation.
4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,
This verse provides three powerful principles about Christmas that will inspire our hearts and bring back the wonder of the Christmas season!
First, we find that Christmas came at the Perfect Moment. The fullness of time could be translated “at just the right time.” There was no moment in history either before or after that was more perfectly suited to the coming of Christ than that very first Christmas morning. But then, God’s timing is always “just right.”
Second, we find that Christmas is a Profound Mystery. God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law. Jesus was both God and man. He was the logos that called creation into being. He thought it not robbery to be equal with God. In John 6:38 he states, “I have come down out of heaven.” Yet, he was also human. He became one of us. He identified with us.
Why? That he might redeem us from our sins. He came with Powerful Mission to set men free and to give them eternal life.
How can we not be filled with wonder and awe that God came to earth to save sinners like us?