TUESDAY, APRIL 23
“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.”
Galatians 4:4 ESV
GOD’S RESCUE PLAN: CHRISTMAS
James Dorman recounted his encounter with a would-be intruder when he wrote, “One night I was certain that I was about to become the victim of a home invasion. Something had awakened me. I heard a strange noise and became even more alert. As I slowly looked around with my heart thumping, I saw him! He was standing there looking at me. I wasn’t sure what to do. I didn’t think he knew I was awake, and I knew I had to act fast. I slowly tensed my muscles like coiled springs and leaped at him throwing a mighty punch! It was amazing! I completely knocked that jacket off the chair I had thrown it on before going to bed. After I turned on the lights I felt silly.” Many of us have had similar experiences with what we thought was an intruder but in reality it was something we made imagined.
One intruder that was not imagined was Jesus coming into the world to save us. Author Peter Larson writes : “Despite our efforts to keep Him out, God intrudes. The life of Jesus is bracketed by two impossibilities: a virgin’s womb and an empty tomb. Jesus entered our world through a door marked ‘No Entrance’ and left through a door marked ‘No Exit.'”
This week we have been looking at God’s rescue plan for our lives. That rescue plan on earth began with Christmas and the birth of Jesus. It concluded on earth with Easter and the resurrection of Jesus.
Philippians 2:7-8 (MSG) says, “When the time came, He set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave [and] became human! … He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, He lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that: a crucifixion.” God’s plan was for Jesus to live a sinless life so that He could become a sinless sacrifice and die in our place so we could be rescued from our sins.
Christmas was chapter one is God’s amazing rescue story. And like any good story we shouldn’t put the book down before we get to the end. Easter is a chapter in the story that moves us closer to the heaven. People walk in and out of our Iives for different reasons. And it’s to our advantage to evaluate all of our relationships and ask what’s our purpose in each other’s lives. Take some time now and ask the question, “Why did Jesus walk into my life? What is His purpose for my life?”