By Marvie C. Paraiso
4But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. 6Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” 7So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.
(Read also PSALM 103:1-18)
Christmas, is about Christ.
Don’t get me wrong. It is really easy to lose sight of the true reason for the celebration when we are having a great and fun time with our families, friends, and/or coworkers. Who doesn’t like to feast during parties, don our favorite outfits, play games, exchange gifts, take groufies, etc.?
As Christians, however, we are reminded of the reason we celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us….” When we celebrate Christmas, we remember why Jesus came and lived with us. In fact, He did not have to. Jesus is already King overall. He could have stayed as He is and where He is. But why did He trade heaven for us?
I have pondered this question for quite a while. It’s hard to ask this without wishing the answer to be about me. Then, I realized that Christmas is about the love of the Father. The Father sent His only begotten Son, so we can experience and enjoy a familial and personal relationship with Him.
It’s that simple, but it’s so rich. God wants to be our Father! But what does it mean for God to be our Father? Let me share with you briefly some points I have learned from the podcast episode entitled, “God Our Father.”
- To live in a covenant
It does not happen automatically – the sonship, I mean. God invites you to believe in His Son, Jesus Christ, who lived the life we should have lived and died the death we should have died—in our place. Three days later, He rose from the dead so that we can be reconciled to God and enjoy His presence forever. The only proper response to His invitation is to truly believe in Christ’s finished work on the cross and be part of His family.
2. To live in grace
God loves you permanently despite your past, flaws, and sins because He is your Father. He has chosen you and He will never change His mind about you. Because you are His child, your relationship is not based on performance – it’s personal.
What happens when a child starts to behave in an unacceptable way? What happens to that relationship? It intensifies, doesn’t it? The father’s heart will be more engaged. He’d want to be more involved in raising up his child, in instructing and teaching him in the way he should go. His eye will be upon him!
Another illustration is meeting the president for the first time. Of course, you will need an appointment to meet the leader of the country. However, if you are the son/daughter of the president, you won’t need an appointment. You can sit beside the president, talk to him, and eat with him because he is your father. That’s God’s heart for you and me. That’s the kind of father-son/daughter relationship is the relationship that God wants to establish with you.
3. To live in confidence when bad things are happening
John Newton once said, “Everything is necessary that God sends. Nothing can be necessary that He withholds.” God does not spoil His children. He disciplines and rebukes you and me because He loves us. And despite the consequences of our actions, He could still work all things together for the good of those who love Him.
4. To live in intimacy
They say parents never lose the hunger for intimacy with their children. The same goes for our Father in heaven. He wants you and me to pour our hearts out to Him and trust Him. It does not matter if it seems too petty or heavy a burden. He invites us, again and again, every day to get intimate with Him, to open and let Him in our hearts.
5. To live in gratitude
The only time Jesus did not call God His Father is when He was on the cross saying, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” While we were still sinners, Christ died for us because this is the will of the Father. This is the true reason of Christmas: His love for us all.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation by Tyndale House Foundation
Holy Bible, English Standard Version by Crossway
Keller, T.J. (2022) Gospel in Life. [Podcast]. 24 August 2022. Available at: https://podcast.gospelinlife.com/e/god-our-father/ (Accessed 30 August 2022).
Marvie C. Paraiso, Human Resources and Administration. Marvie can usually be found looking at the skies with earphones in her ears and wandering off in her wonderland. She loves stories that tinker with her curious mind and makes her belly chuckle. She enjoys the sound of music, raindrops, and laughter and the thrill of adventures and the sceneries of a long tiring trip—actually, she relishes it more than the journey’s end.