Family Bible Study lesson for Dec. 2: The Message of Christmas
November 16 2001 by David Edgell , Galatians 3:26-4:7

Family Bible Study lesson for Dec. 2: The Message of Christmas | Friday, Nov 16, 2001

Friday, Nov 16, 2001

Family Bible Study lesson for Dec. 2: The Message of Christmas

By David Edgell Galatians 3:26-4:7 Have you ever considered the consequences of being an orphan? The circumstances regarding children placed in orphanages worldwide may vary, but they all face a stark reality. They have been separated from what is natural and desired by God. They are separated from being part of a family. They no longer have a mom or dad to give them love and affection. Someone other than their natural parents determines their privileges and rights. They must rely upon others for their food and shelter. They have no sense of belonging. They are isolated, waiting for adoption so they can once again be part of a family. They desire to be reconciled to that from which they were separated.

We also were once spiritual orphans. In Galatians chapters three and four the word of God states our spiritual condition prior to our adoption. We were separated from our heavenly father (Gal. 4:8). We were under the slavery of sin and the world (Gal. 4:8). We were "held in bondage under the elemental things of the world" (Gal. 4:3). We had no sense of belonging and no claim to a promise (Gal 3:29). We were isolated, waiting for adoption so we could be part of a family. "But when the fullness of time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order that He might redeem those who were under the law, that they might receive the adoption as sons" (Gal. 4:4-5).

We were reconciled to that which we were separated.

Christmas is a celebration. It is a celebration of our adoption into God's family. The rights and privileges of being redeemed into a family were granted through faith - faith in Christ (Gal. 3:27).

It should be our greatest joy to celebrate that God desired to adopt us into His family and give us the gift of eternal life. He gave us the greatest gift, as a result of the greatest act, by the greatest man who ever lived. Our adoption should cause us to celebrate and rejoice in the One we call, "Abba! Father!" (Gal. 6:6).

How do you celebrate your adoption as a child of God? The fact that we are named among the heirs of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords should be a motivation to celebrate. While Christ never commanded us to celebrate His birth, He did command us to celebrate His sacrifice of redemption and salvation until He returns (1 Cor. 11:23-26).

This is the truth of Paul's message to the Galatians. We cannot understand the cradle until we understand the cross.

It was the incarnation of God that was the first step of redemption. When there was nothing we could do to change our position as orphans and slaves, God came to us. He was born of a woman, born under the law. He fully identified Himself with man by becoming a baby born of human flesh and born under the standard of the law.

The law displayed the sinfulness of man and showed the righteous standard of God. But it was that very standard God would meet by dying on the cross so that He might be our substitute and pay the penalty for our sins (Rom. 3:24-26).

He would "redeem" sinful man from the slavery of sin and the law. He would give lost humanity the opportunity to be "adopted" into the family of God and be an "heir" to His promises. "Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God" (Gal. 4:7).

This Christmas season I pray that you will celebrate your adoption. Show your joy and share the message of God's redemption to everyone who is separated from that inheritance, which can be theirs through faith.

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