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Devotional - week of December 23, 2012


ANNO DOMINI 

 

But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.  Galatians 4:4-5 

When some documents are dated, the letters A. D. are added. These letters are an abbreviation of two Latin words, “Anno Domini.” They are translated into English with, “In the year of the Lord.” Even without the A.D., every time we speak or write the date of the year, we refer to the date of the birth of Jesus. In dating a check December 25, 2012, we testify that Jesus was born two thousand and twelve years ago.

Two thousand and twelve years ago conditions on earth reached a point called by Scripture “the fullness of time.” Conditions were right for God to invade history by sending His Son to be born of a woman. The birth took place in a barn in a small town called Bethlehem. In that setting, God had become a man even though He never ceased to be God. Because Jesus had no human father, He was born without a sin nature. He never sinned. He was born under law—meaning that in order to do what He came to do, He had to perfectly keep the laws of God. He did that.

Because Jesus was sinless, on the cross He took the judgment of God for all because we are all sinners. This is how He made it possible for all others to be redeemed—set free—from God’s judgment and be adopted into the Kingdom of God through faith and choice. In every generation since the death and resurrection of Jesus, some have taken advantage of what He made possible. The coming of Jesus to earth has changed the entire course of history.

Other passages show that the coming of Jesus and His death for them has also made it possible for them to be redeemed from slavery to their own sin nature. This victory comes through faith and choice. See Romans chapter six.