4 But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, 5 to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.
The time had fully come. God had waited for just the right moment to send his Son into the world. He had a very specific mission for his Son: to buy back those who had rebelled against him. To buy back those who had chosen shame and fear and guilt over joy.
To buy back us.
God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the same law we’re under. He played by our rules to win us back.
He has taken away your guilt. That baby in Bethlehem grew up. He was on a mission from the moment not just of his birth but his conception. He was thinking of you. He was born to give you the joy he earned.
Your guilt is gone. Your shame has been removed. Your need no longer fear.
God has restored your joy.
But if Jesus came back… if he was born, if he died to take away all these terrible things, if he came back to restore joy… why is there still so much pain? Why do you still hurt?
Because he’s not done yet.
He will return. You will see him coming on the clouds. You will see him, the Child born in Bethlehem, the Child who rules forever… you will see him. He will come, and he will make all things new. He has taken away your guilt… and he will return to take you. And on that day the joy that is already yours will be made greater.
But not yet.
Already your guilt is gone.
Already your shame is gone.
Already your fear is gone.
Soon your greatest joy will be restored to you.
But not yet.