#DailyDevotion Jesus Is Born Of The Woman
Galatians 44But when the right time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, 5to free those under the Law and make us His sons. 6And because you are sons, God sent into our hearts the Spirit of His Son, Who cries, “Abba! Father!” 7So you are no longer a slave but a son. And if you are His son, God has made you His heir.
Paul doesn’t speak of Mary much at all. In fact she is only mentioned here, in passing, without naming her, to bring us two important facts. The first, which you may be tired of hearing by now but is essential to the Christian faith, God had fulfilled his promise found in Genesis chapter three, 15“And I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your descendants and her Descendant. He will crush your head, and you will bruise His heel.” Mary is that woman and Jesus is her Descendent or Seed.
Secondly, if Jesus is born of Mary, then he is truly Man. Jesus is truly God (unlike some people who think Son of God means something less than God) and Jesus is truly man (everything necessary to be truly human Jesus is). Jesus must be both to be our Savior.
Now there is a third thing. Jesus was born under the Law. Being Jewish, Jesus was initiated into the Abrahamic Covenant and the Mosaic Covenant on the eighth day being circumcised. On his eighth day of life, Jesus shed his innocent blood for the first time. He was then bound to obey all the Mosaic Law. Jesus then proceeded to fulfill all of that Law in his life. Indeed, he is the only man to ever fulfill the Law of God not only outwardly, which is quite a feat in itself, but also according to the spirit of that Law.
Having fulfilled that Law, Jesus then took the curse of that Law upon the cross to which he was crucified and nailed it to the cross removing its accusations from us. He spilt his innocent blood again there on the cross fulfilling the Mosaic covenants demand for blood sacrifice to make atonement for our sins and freeing us from the Law.
Now we are made sons of God through baptism and faith in Jesus. Jesus sends his Holy Spirit into our hearts at baptism, causing us to be born from above, born of God. The Holy Spirit causes us to cry out to God, “Abba, Father!” We now know God as Father and not an angry judge. The Father is not like Santa Claus, making a list and checking it twice to find out who’s naughty and who’s nice. He already knows we’ve been naughty. That’s why he sent his son Jesus. Being made sons of God, we are free. We no longer are slaves to sin and all its whims. We are no longer slaves to the fear of death. We are no longer under the devil’s reign.
Instead we are heirs of God. God is our inheritance, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Eternal life is our inheritance. The Kingdom of God is our inheritance. The New Heavens and New Earth are our inheritance. Righteousness and glory are now ours. We cannot earn these things or merit them. We simply inherit them through Jesus’ death and resurrection. The Father’s adoption of us is also purely by his grace and favor, not because of anything we’ve done. What a Christmas present.
Heavenly Father, you made us your heirs through baptism into your Son Christ Jesus and giving us your Holy Spirit. Keep us in this faith until we receive our inheritance. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.