Reading: Galatians 4: 4-7
Verse Seven: “So you are no longer a slave, but a son [a daughter]; and since you are a son [a daughter], God has made you also an heir”.
When? “…when the time had fully come”. It happened when the time was just right for what the world needed, a time that could only be known by God. What? “…God sent His Son”. Only Jesus could do what needed done. Only One sent from God’s side could take on flesh and dwell among us. Why? “…to redeem those under the law”. In offering himself as the perfect sacrifice, Jesus poured out His blood to redeem us from our sins that are made known through the law of God. How? “…God sent the Spirit of the Son into our hearts”. Because the Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts, we are aware of when we sin and are led to repent and seek God’s forgiveness.
Jesus came once for all. It is through the new covenant of His blood that all can be saved. It is a covenant based on love that is without limits and without price. It is a covenant that will wrap any and all who call on Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior in grace. It seems an offer too good to be true, doesn’t it?
Some people feel this way. Because of the choices they have made or because of the circumstances they found themselves in or because of the abuse or injustices they faced – some feel this offer isn’t really for them. They feel unworthy or too far outside of God’s love and grace. To these, may we be the love and light of Christ. To those who feel outside of God’s love, may our witness to God’s love bring them closer to God’s love. Sometimes it is easier to accept love from a fellow human being than it is from an all-powerful, all-knowing, perfect God. So may we be the ones to first offer love and grace to those who feel outside of His love. In doing so, they too will one day come to see the live we offer as God’s love. Then they will begin to live into verse seven: “So you are no longer a slave, but a son [a daughter]; and since you are a son [a daughter], God has made you also an heir”. All need to experience God’s love and to know that they also belong to the family of God. Christ came once for all. May we live well today.