“Live and in person” Advent devotion for December 15, 2020. Read Galatians 4:4-5 and Psalm 46.
“When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:4-5).
“Thank you so much. You’ve been a godsend! I never would have gotten all this done without your help.” A little help from the right person at the right time is a blessing especially when you’ve got too much to do and not nearly enough time. An unexpected gift, an encouraging note or a timely reminder might be a godsend as well.
Who knows, maybe the word “godsend” came from this very verse in Paul’s letter to Christians in Galatia. In the bible God sends angels, plagues, prophets and His Spirit. The best “godsend” of all is his Son, Jesus, who was born to a woman named Mary in Bethlehem. He was sent to redeem us so that we could be sons and daughters of God, too.
When you fly into an airport, call your friends to tell them you’ve arrived, they may say, “OK, we’ll send someone over to get you.” Or when the air conditioner isn’t working or the roof is leaking or the dryer won’t dry, I can call someone, hoping to hear, “OK. We’ll send someone over to take a look at it.” A lot of times, when we pour out our hearts to God, we don’t just need something. We need someone to help us with a relationship, a situation or worry that gets the best of us. God knows this, too, and throughout the pages of scripture, He promises to send someone to help.
And what a someone God’s Son turns out to be! “Born of woman, born under the law,” the fullness of God was in Him, too. He came with power, mercy and love. There is no one like Him, both true God and true man, Jesus the Christ.
How many times have you heard someone say, “Someone needs to do this.” It might be something anyone can do. But so far, no one has stepped up. It certainly is good news that God sent forth his Son, live and in person, to be the Savior everyone needs.
Father, Your Son Jesus really is a godsend, just the Savior I need. Thank you for sending someone like Him. Amen.