Reading: Galatians 4: 4-7
Verse Seven: “You are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir”.
Today’s text is a great reminder of the depth of God’s love for us. Prior to the coming of Jesus, there was one relatively small group of people who were blessed to be in the family of God. A small band of twelve tribes were the “chosen people”. But then, “when the time had fully come, God sent His Son”. It was then that the door began to open for you and me.
In God’s wisdom the time had come to establish a new covenant. It was not quite the extensive makeover that came with Noah and the flood, but what God had in store was a pretty radical shift. But even the sin that had come into the world through Adam survived that flood. Humanity remained under the law of sin and death. So God sent His Son to “redeem those under the law”. That is you and me and all of humanity. God sent Jesus to a pretty big crowd of people.
As Jesus ministered to those He met, a couple of things became clear. First, Jesus cared for and loved all people. It did not matter who or what you are or were, Jesus loved you just as you came. There were no hoops to jump through, no boxes to check off, no barriers to keep people out. Second, Jesus was a humble servant who was obedient to God alone. From washing feet, to welcoming sinners, to touching the unclean, to healing the hurt and broken and damaged, to going to the cross – Jesus offered all He could. Why did Jesus do all of this? To make a way for you and me, so that we “might receive the full rights of sons”.
Full rights means we are in. We are part of God’s family and part of His plan of salvation. As a child of God, we are loved and cared for, protected and provided for. As a child of God, we are privy to the Holy Spirit and to the gift of eternal life. Before Jesus, we would just be another Gentile on the outside looking in. But with Jesus, we are now a part of the family. Jesus was such an amazing gift to the world. Jesus is such an amazing gift to you and me.
Paul concludes our passage today with these words: “You are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir”. Through His blood we have been set free from our slavery to sin and death. Through His love we have been made children of God. The door has been opened Wide so that all may enter in. Praise be to God! Thank you Jesus!