Christ Comes to Us to Give Us the Spirit of Adoption

Free at Last!

“But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba,Father.’ So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.” (Galatians 4:4-7)

“You are no longer a slave, but God’s child.”  I confess I do not fully know what it is like to be a slave, to be owned by another and to not have the liberty to make choices in my life.  Throughout history there have been those who more fully understood this earthly slavery.  God’s chosen people living in Egypt knew about this kind of bondage.  The people transported from home and family in Africa to America’s shores knew what it was like to be in chains, and they fully comprehended the hope and the joy found in the words of this spiritual:

“I know my Lord is a man of war
He fought my battle at Hell’s dark door

Free at last, free at last
Thank God Almighty, I’m free at last

Satan thought he had me fast
I broke his chain and got free at last

Free at last, free at last
Thank God Almighty, I’m free at last!”

We may profess to be free, but because of sin our souls were enslaved.  Earthly freedom is a deception; there can be no freedom apart from Christ.  Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.” (Hebrews 2:14-15)

This is the reason we celebrate Christmas, not because a baby was born in a stable, but because that baby was the only One who could wrest our souls from the enemy, who could provide payment for that sin.  What did he use as currency to buy our freedom?  His own life.  “He fought my battle at Hell’s dark door.”  As Piper says, “The reason Jesus became a man was to die.  As God, he could not die for sinners. But as a man he could.  His aim was to die.  Therefore he had to be born human. He was born to die.  Good Friday is the reason for Christmas.”

Not only did Christ set us free, but He also adopted us and made us His own.  Not His slaves, he’s not that kind of master; He calls us His children!  Because of Christmas we can shout glad hallelujahs, “Free at last!  Free at last!  Thank God Almighty, I am free at last!”

~Leslie Drury

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