The Christmas Event

by David and Stephen Olford

Text: "But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law" (Gal. 4:4). 

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Thought: Although the birth of Jesus was one of the most obscure events of history, it will never be forgotten because of:

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I. The Timing of the Event: "But when the fullness of the time was come." Indeed, from the human standpoint there has never been a moment in history, before or since the birth of Christ, when the occasion was more appropriate for the event. From God's viewpoint the time was ripe, for all relative prophecies were fulfilled and the divine purpose of the ages at last had ripened. Such amazing timing can only be understood in the light of importance of the event that was about to take place.

II. The Meaning of the Event: "God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law." In those three tremendous statements we have the meaning of the birth of Christ. In matchless grace God sent forth His Son into this world to deal with man's utter helplessness. "God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved" (John 3:17). Jesus not only took upon Himself our nature in order to deal with our sinfulness, but He accepted our debt in order to absolve us of our guiltiness.

III. The Blessing of the Event: "God sent forth His Sonto redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son in your hearts" (vv. 4-6).  From these words of the Apostle Paul it is clear that the Lord Jesus was born in order that we might know the blessing of being redeemed and adopted. By redemption we are made His servants, but by adoption we are made the sons of God, and therefore, joint-heirs with Christ. God is not satisfied with making us servants and sons; He makes us saints by sending the Spirit of His Son into our hearts in order to conform us into His own likeness. Have you experienced the blessing of the birth of Christ? If not, Jesus can be born in you today (see John 1:12-13).

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Thrust: "Cast out our sin, and enter in; be born in us today."

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