by Dan Weyerhaeuser, Senior Pastor
Hello my friend,
Welcome to the end of week five! GREAT JOB! I’m sure, if you have been engaged in these devotions daily, He has blessed you through His Word! (NOTE: I have something to share at the end of this devotion about the next four weeks after Sunday. When you are finished today, please look ahead for what is coming on Monday).
Take a few minutes and get still with Jesus. Ask Him again to speak to you through His Word.
As Paul writes to the Christians in the province of Galatia, he describes one reason why it was necessary for His Son, the Lord Jesus, to not only visit humanity, but to enter humanity. We find this in Galatians 4:4-5.
Read Galatians 4:4-5 three times, out loud.
What does Paul mean in saying that God sent His Son “when the fullness of time had come?” What does this tell us about God’s oversight of history?
To be “under law” is to be a human, subject to the laws of God. We transgressed God’s law in Adam and Eve (and continue to transgress it today). So God’s Savior had to be born of woman, born under law. This is describing Who Jesus was. Was does it tell us?
Because Jesus was “born of woman, born under law” and therefore actually one of us, what was He able to do (v. 5)?
Jesus had to become one of us so that He could represent us. First He represented us in our sin before God on the cross. This meant He could pay the price for us (redemption). He also represented humanity before God as One who never sinned, and His righteousness, through the cross, was “credited” to us. Question: When you envision Christmas and the arrival of God, your Savior, what do you have to say to Him? Take time to do that now.
As you conclude: What is one truth about God from this text you can take through your day? How can you remember it?
You have been praying for two people you will see today who don’t yet know the joy of Christ. Have you been remembering this through the day? If things have been happening, would you write me about that (firstname.lastname@example.org)? Ask for Jesus to open their hearts to Him and give you and opportunity to build trust with them and share the hope you have in Christ.
Go spend your day with the God Who comes close!
Beginning this Sunday, we are pausing our “Behold Your God” series to explore in greater depth the incarnation of Christ this Christmas. Our four week series is called “The Advent Conspiracy.”
It is a shame that even as Christians, our joy in Christ’s coming and celebrating Him with the people we love can be hijacked into a celebration of materialism. I’m not at ALL saying that the giving of gifts is a bad thing. But our hope as a church this Christmas is to celebrate the Christ of Christmas as we never have before.
For the next four weeks, we are giving our church daily things to do that will help with this. They are not the same as “devotions.” But they are practices that will help you enjoy Jesus and His gifts WONDERFULLY!
I would encourage you to do the weekly Advent Conspiracy Guide alone, with friends, or with your family. And I would also encourage you do use the Advent Calendar on the last page. May we celebrate Jesus and His gifts as never before, this Christmas!