Tuesday, December 20, 2011

celebrating belonging

But when the time arrived... God sent his Son... 
so that he might redeem those of us who have been kidnapped by the law. 
Thus we have been set free to experience our rightful heritage... 
fully adopted as his own children...
God sent the Spirit of his Son into our lives crying out, "Papa! Father!" 
- Galatians 4:4-5 MSG

J.I. Packer explains: "In adoption, God takes us into his family and fellowship -- he establishes us as his children and heirs. Closeness, affection and generosity are at the heart of the relationship. To be right with God the Judge is a great thing, but to be loved and cared for by God the Father is a greater." [Knowing God]

Therefore this Christmas we celebrate again
Jesus coming 
to redeem and adopt
into His family:

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