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Fullness of Time
I love Christmas time. It is quite possibly my favorite holiday of the year, as it is for many around the world. Each year, our family watches a variety of Christmas movies, and last night, we watched one of my favorites, A Christmas Story. A Christmas Story recounts the ordeals of Ralphie Parker during a typical Indiana Christmas in the early 1940’s. Ralphie desperately wants a Red Ryder B.B. Gun for Christmas. He uses every opportunity to surreptitiously plant the seeds for this gift in his parents’ minds. And while the movie has many hilarious moments, my favorite part in the movie is when, after all the gifts are opened, Darren McGavin, or “The Old Man,” surprises Ralphie with one last gift, the Red Ryder Carbine Action 200 shot B.B. gun. The look on Raphie’s face is priceless, but of even more significance is the look on the face of “the Old Man.” You see, every parent truly enjoys the feeling that we get when we are able to give our children something that makes them happy, even if only momentarily. The old saying, “it is more blessed to give than receive,” is absolutely true for parents. We love our children, and we want to make them happy. If at all possible, parents try to give their children what they want, provided it is good for them. Our Heavenly Father is no different.
The Bible gives us many earthly symbols so that we can understand the mind of God. He is called our father, we are called his sons, and our entire relationship with God is symbolic of a family. Through the blood of Jesus Christ, we are adopted and become joint heirs to His kingdom. As sons and daughters of the King of Kings, how much more does our heavenly Father want to bless us with good gifts from above. “Every good and perfect gift is from above.” James 1:17.
And while God gives us many good gifts each day, over 2000 years ago, He gave us the best gift of all in Jesus Christ. Galatians 4:4 says, “But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His son, made of woman, under the law, To redeem them that are under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”
This is what Christmas is all about. God sent His son to earth, born of a virgin, to one day take on the sins of the world. And when we accept the gift of Jesus and ask Him to come and live inside our hearts, the Bible says there is rejoicing in heaven. I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. Luke 15:7
God, like “the old man” in A Christmas Story, breaks into a smile when we unwrap the gift of Jesus. Our Father in heaven loves us, and He wants what is best for us. Best of all, he has given us the most wonderful gift ever, His son, Jesus Christ.
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