Lent Devotional: Galatians 4:4-5

by Jonathan Haefs

Galatians 4:4-5 (click here)
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.

For a lifeguard to rescue someone who is drowning they must dive into the dangerous waters.

For a firefighter to save a family from a burning building they must enter the flames.

For us to be saved from being under the curse of the law, one must come under the law and bear its curse for us.

Jesus Christ was born of woman…God in the flesh. In this way, he came under the same law that each of us were born under, and he did so that he might take the curse of the law we had incurred through our sin.

This curse had marked us as children of wrath (Ephesians 2:1-3). We were children of the flesh who could not please God (Romans 8:7-8). We not only needed to be saved from the curse of the law, but we needed to be adopted as children into a new family!

Jesus’ death in our place paid the price of the curse and the cost of our adoption! Through faith, we are not just freed from sin and death, but freed to salvation and life as the adopted sons and daughters of God! We’ve been made right with God, but not just “right”…no…we’ve been made his!

This is why we call this message “good news!”

This is why we call it “Gospel!”

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