“Redeem” means to “buy back.”
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.
Advertisers and TV networks tell us that the “12 Days” of Christmas are the twelve days preceding Christmas.
They want to create in us a sense of urgency to buy the right gift or watch the right shows (and watch the right commercials) in the days leading up to Christmas.
But reality is that the “12 Days of Christmas” begin on December 25 – Christmas Day – and include the next twelve days. In the current calendar that means the last day of Christmas is January 5, the day before “Epiphany” in the Western Church.
So today is one of the days of Christmas! It is still appropriate to celebrate Christmas today and for the next couple of days!
Your tree may be down, the decorations put away (although maybe not, I know of some people that keep both displayed well into January), but Christmas isn’t quite finished with us yet!
The Apostle Paul wrote to the Christian Church in Galatia about Christmas, although he didn’t call it that.
He referred to it as “the fullness of time.”
You see, time had been waiting for Jesus to arrive. So, let’s go back in time, to very nearly the beginning of time in the Garden of Eden.
Perfection, holiness, eternal happiness in close communion with God was destroyed when Adam and Eve chose their own way instead of God’s way.
But right away, God promised Christmas.
He said to Satan, who caused this destruction: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:15).
God promised that Satan’s conqueror would be born of a woman. A woman like the one Satan had just tempted to sin!
In and through time, God’s plan of salvation was in motion. Prophecy after prophecy, promise after promise, year after year, time was steadily moving to the fulfilment of God’s promised plan of Satan’s defeat and our salvation.
The fulfilment would be our redemption. We would be “bought back” from sin, death, and the power of the devil.
Jesus would do this by dying on the cross to save us.
To die he would have to live.
To live he would have to be born.
His birth marked the beginning of the “fullness of time” at Christmas!
Jesus would grow up and live a perfect life.
But then he would be condemned to die by both the Jewish rulers – his own people! – and the Roman authorities.
His death, however, was no accident or political ploy. It was all part of the plan.
Three days after Jesus died, he would be resurrected from the dead.
His life means our life.
No longer a life enslaved to sin but a life freed to be lived as sons and daughters of God.
And not just sons and daughters, but heirs of eternal life and eternal paradise in heaven at the end of time.
Christmas is a season of light, joy, promises fulfilled.
Promises of redemption.
Heavenly Father, thank you for promising to save me. Help me to live in the redemption promises of this season of Christmas. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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