The Greatest Gift Ever Given!!!

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Have a Wonderful and Blessed Day!!! Jesus Gave The Greatest Gift Ever Given!!!
Galatians 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
Galatians 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Galatians 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Galatians 4:7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
Galatians 4:8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.
Isaiah 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Luke 2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
Luke 2:2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
Luke 2:3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
Luke 2:4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
Luke 2:5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
Luke 2:6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
Luke 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
Luke 2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
Luke 2:9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
Luke 2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
Luke 2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Luke 2:15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
Luke 2:16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
Luke 2:17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
Luke 2:18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
Luke 2:19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
Luke 2:20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

The world has set aside December 25th as time to celebrate the birth of Christ. Now most Christians know he was most likely born the end of September. Years ago Christmas was more Christ orientated. In our modern world people celebrate it that acknowledge the birth of the Savior. Some celebrate it and refuse to call it Christmas but holidays.
And even those of us that do know the true reason we celebrate meaning of Christmas tend to forget it amidst all of the shopping, and gift giving, and family get togethers with all the good eating etc. let me say that we don’t really know for certain what day the Lord was born, but we do know for certain that He was born, so we recognize Dec. 25 as a time to remember His birth.
What Christmas is.
The Galatians also needed a reminder about the significance and meaning of Christmas.
Now the word Christmas is not in the bible anywhere, but The Galatians were turning from the Gospel of the grace of God to the bondage of the law.
Paul wrote to the Galatians to remind them of the significance of what Christ had done for them when he came to the earth.
Galatians 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
Galatians 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Galatians 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

What is Christmas really all about?
I. ITS ABOUT THE ADVENT OF THE SAVIOUR
In these verses we see some very important things about Jesus Christ and his coming to earth.
a) First we see his Divine Origin—there was an event that took place before the birth of Christ in the manger, even before the conception of Christ in the womb of the Virgin Mary.
It was the sending forth of Christ from God the Father.

John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” When was the beginning?
He already was; He comes out of eternity to meet us. He did not begin. “In the beginning was the Word”—He was already there when the beginning was.
As a man Jesus prayed to the Father,
John 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
Christ had always existed in perfect loving fellowship with God the Father. One day at the precise time, God sent him forth.
1Peter 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
1Peter 1:20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
1Peter 1:21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
Jesus made a conscious choice to be sent.

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Philippians 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Philippians 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Philippians 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

In love for his creation, man, the Father sent the Son, & in love for the Father and us a people Jesus willingly went.
Jesus willingly and obediently and lovingly left a place of glory and sinlessness, and ceaseless worship and perfection, and unbroken fellowship with the Father. From the bosom of the Father, to the womb of the Virgin Mary.

The previous statement “God sent forth His Son” could be said of no other man in the history of the world.
The next statement, “made of a woman” is true of all men. While Jesus was fully divine in origin, he was likewise fully human. He entered the world just as you and I entered the world. He was born of a woman. He was a man. He was Mary’s son. He hungered, and thirsted, and ate, and drank, and worked, and played, and laughed, and wept, and hurt, and bled, and prayed, and lived, and died as a man. He experienced all things just as we do but never was sin committed by him.
Jesus’ most frequent title for himself was “Son of Man”. He used it to stress his full humanity. After all, it was the seed of the woman, a man that would crush the head of the serpent, the devil.
Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Then also we see from this verse:
That although he was God’s son he subjected himself to God’s law. In fact, when he began to teach he made clear that he had not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it.

He said in Matthew;
Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
Matthew 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

And that he did perfectly. He fulfilled it, not only outwardly, but perfectly obeying God’s law from the heart. This couldn’t be said of no other man who has ever lived.
The reason behind Christmas is about the birth of the Saviour.
II. THE ACCEPTANCE OF SINNERS
Verse 5 begins with the word “to”. To do what? Paul tells us why Christmas came, why he was born, why he lived under the law.
a) To redeem them that were under the law—To redeem means to set free, to purchase ones freedom. Who are “them that were under the law”?
Well, first this speaks of the Jewish people.
Romans 3:1 What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision?
Romans 3:2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.
Romans 3:3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?
Romans 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.
Christ came to set his own people free from the enslavement of the law. The law was given directly to them. However, all men are subject to and accountable to the law of God. Paul said of the gentiles,
Romans 2:12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;
Romans 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
Romans 2:14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
Romans 2:15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

ALTHOUGH THE GENTILES Were NEVER UNDER THE Mosaic Law, they are under Gods morale law, which is the 10 commandments.
Psalm 147:19 He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel.
Psalm 147:20 He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.

All men are subject to God’s Moral law Jew and Gentile alike.
God’s moral law alone cannot make us righteous, will not save us. Knowing the rules, and trying to keep the rules in our own power has always resulted in failure. We need something more than a written moral code. We need a change of heart.

Adam and Eve broke one law, one command, and they brought death not only to themselves but to all mankind.
Let me say that Gods law has not been done away with, Gods law is just as solid as it ever has been, the great difference is that our wonderful Lord &Savior is the only Person Who has ever completely been able to keep and fulfill Gods holy law. Therefore since we that are saved are in Christ Jesus and He’s in us we also keep Gods law through Him.
We read in Ezekiel 18: 20The soul that sinneth, it shall die.
Then we read in Ephesians:
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins
Jesus came to set us free from the law and its curse of death and hell. How did he do it?
Galatians 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
Galatians 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Isaiah 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

He removed our curse by taking our curse as he suffered, and bled, and died on the cross.
~”Free from the law oh happy condition. Jesus hath bled and there is remission. Bruised by the fall, and cursed by the law, but grace hath redeemed us once and for all.” ~
God’s curse has been once and for all removed, for all those that believe.
Why did he remove our curse?
Our text verse says in Galatians, that we {everybody} might receive the adoption of sons.
That we might receive the adoption of sons—He set us free from the curse so that he could place us in his family, so that you and I could become adopted sons & daughters of God, bearing all rights and privileges as natural sons and daughters.
1John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
The bible says in Ephesians;

Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Ephesians 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
He made possible through his death for us to be accepted as his adopted sons.
So Christmas and every single day we need to remember the Lord’s perfect plan the Acceptance of Sinners.
Lastly it’s about, THE ASSURANCE OF THE SPIRIT
God sent forth Jesus to redeem us;
All of that took place outside of us. Our redemption, our adoption, these are things we can know about and believe, but they all take place outside of us. We had absolutely nothing to do with it.
But God makes it real to us. He sends forth again. Once again the divine takes up residence in the human.
Galatians 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
After salvation God lives in our innermost being.
The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ making us alive, making us know that we are children of God for the Holy Spirit within us cries out “Abba Father”.
A term used by a loving and trusting child to his or her daddy.

As Christians this is a good time of year to witness, to give the gospel to the lost. At this time of year some are more open than any other time of year.

Free from the law—oh, happy condition!
Jesus hath bled, and there is remission;
Cursed by the law and bruised by the fall,
Christ hath redeemed us once for all.

Once for all—oh, sinner, receive it;
Once for all—oh, doubter, believe it;
Cling to the cross, the burden will fall,
Christ hath redeemed us once for all.

There on the cross your burden upbearing,
Thorns on His brow your Savior is wearing;
Never again your sin need appall,
You have been pardoned once for all.

Now we are free—there’s no condemnation;
Jesus provides a perfect salvation:
“Come unto Me,” oh, hear His sweet call,
Come, and He saves us once for all.

Children of God—oh, glorious calling,
Surely His grace will keep us from falling;
Passing from death to life at His call,
Blessed salvation once for all.

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