Christmas Joy

Galatians 4:4-5

Christmas feels good. The sights and sounds, the tastes and smells. My wife loves Christmas and the Christmas season. It seems that every year she’s setting up the tree, listening to her Christmas carols, earlier and earlier. Last year it was mid-November. Who knows what it’ll be this year.

Certainly there are many things that make us feel good about Christmas: the nostalgia of the season, the memories that are attached to those decorations that we put up year after year, the sugary goodness of the cookies, the joy of the Christmas carols, but isn’t there more?

In Galatians chapter 4, verses 4 through 5 God tells us this:

But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. –Galatians 4:4-5

At the exact right time, the very first Christmas, God sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to be born of the Virgin Mary, to be born under law, to take our place under God’s law that we have failed to keep, but to keep it in our place, to also take our place take our punishment on the cross.

That is the true joy of Christmas: knowing that God sent his Son, for what purpose? That we might receive the adoption as sons.

Certainly Christmas brings joy to our hearts and how much more so the joy of the birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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