Sometimes a world of meaning is found in just one verse. I think Galatians 4:4 is one of those verses.
But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, Galatians 4:4
This verse is all about God’s son, Jesus. By calling him, God’s son Paul is implying he is divine. But not only is he divine, in saying that he is born of a woman Paul is saying that Jesus was completely human. And Jesus was also born under the law which meant he was born in a time in the history of Israel where they were trying to obey all of God’s laws as found in the Old Testament. Paul is laying out here why Jesus is perfectly qualified to redeem us. See the perfect redeemer needed to be divine because the cost in redemption would be infinite and so someone of infinite worth had to die. The redeemer had to be human because he was redeeming and representing humans and he needed to be righteous, that is, he needed to obey God’s laws perfectly. This was Jesus. He had the CV and the credentials to be the redeemer.
But shot through this one verse is the character of God. We see here that God is a God who takes the first step, he takes the action to show his love and redeem those who need it. God is not sitting back in the world waiting to see if you are going to come to him. He is not waiting for you to show interest in him or love to him before he comes. No, the offended God, Himself, in infinite compassion, broke the silence and came forth to save his enemies! See how spontaneous is the Grace of God!
If you ever doubt that God loves you or that he feels distant remember this. Maybe you are in a situation or have been in a situation where you doubt that God loves you. I remember a few years ago when my dad had cancer and he passed away. it was in those moments of deep pain and sadness that it was so easy to question the love of God. Maybe something has happened in the past few weeks or months, or maybe even it happened years ago, but it is still raw and you feel like God doesn’t love you.
Or maybe you are disappointed with life or an aspect of life and you feel like God doesn’t love you. I mean if he did love you your life would be better wouldn’t it? Or maybe you are doing your best job at ignoring or running away from God and, therefore, your heart is convinced that he doesn’t love you. Or maybe you don’t call yourself a Christian and you think God doesn’t love you because of that. Well, if that is you remember that he has shown his love by stepping into this world in love. By writing himself on the pages of human history in love and he did this even before you were born. When Jesus stepped into the world to die he showed you how far he is willing to show you love and win you.
A preacher named Bryan Chappell tells a story of an old man he once ministered to. When this old man was a young man he lived in a small mining town. One day there was an accident in the mines and he was paralysed from the neck down. He couldn’t walk or move and so he sat beside a window in his house and from this window he could see the world pass by. He saw his friends who he went to school with, fall in love, get married, have children and grandchildren all from the vantage point of his chair by the window. He didn’t experience any of this. One day when he was a very old man he was asked by a young man “I hear you believe God loves you. How can you believe that after all that has happened to you?” He replied “When satan whispers in my ear “Does God really love you?” I take him by the hand to the cross and I show him the nail pierced hands of Jesus and wounds he bore for me and I say “Yes how much does he love me?”
If you ever doubt the love God has for you go to the cross where God took the initiative in your relationship with you.
The story of the paralysed man was taken from Bryan Chapell The Hardest Sermons You’ll Ever Have to Preach: Help from Trusted Preachers for Tragic Times, 14-15