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‘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.
And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts,
prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.”
Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child.
And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.’
(Galatians 4:4 -7 NLT)
Jesus came at the right time, in the right way and for the right purpose.
He didn’t come a moment too soon; he didn’t come a moment too late.
His coming was perfectly orchestrated.
From the time the Israelite nation received the law through Moses to the time of Jesus’ death,
people tried to live by keeping the Ten Commandments
and by making the required sacrifices and offerings.
But God didn’t just want laws kept and sacrifices and offerings to be made.
God, being a relational person, wanted their hearts, their love, their worship.
He wanted His children to know Him so well and so deeply that they would call Him
“Abba, Father”, a sweet intimate endearing name.
Jesus, God incarnate, was born into this world to rescue and redeem His people.
He journeyed from Heaven to become a baby in a manger and
as a man died on a cross, thus releasing His people from the old covenant of the law.
By being the ultimate sacrifice and offering,
Jesus freed us to live by the new covenant of mercy and grace.
No longer do we need to be slaves; we can choose to be redeemed children of God.
We can choose to believe in a God who came to this earth to be our Saviour.
When we believe this we are adopted as His children and
His Spirit comes to dwell in our hearts as a sign that we are His.
The Holy Spirit helps us to live as Abba’s cherished children:
to live in the freedom of His mercy, grace and amazing unconditional love;
to live receiving the full rights of His generosity;
to live as heirs to the wealthiest Father in the universe.
How do we respond to such amazing generosity?
‘Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!’