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)
Merry Christmas in the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Did Jesus need to keep the commandments? Could He break them in the first place? If He’s God, why does He need the Law? He made the Law. Why does He have to be under it? St. Paul’s words above remind us that what Jesus did, He did for you. He doesn’t need to be born of a woman and under the Law for Himself. He does it for you.
First, He is born of a woman. The Son of God, true God, becomes man. A human being. A baby. Born like you and me. With flesh and blood. He does that so He can be what you are and do what you do. He does so without sin, but He is able to suffer and die like you to pay for your sins. To redeem you and take your place.
Second, He is born under the Law. That means He keeps it. Not because He isn’t perfect but because you don’t keep the law. He keeps it perfectly. Always loving the Father. Perfectly loving His neighbor. But being “under” the Law doesn’t just mean He follows it. It also means He is under its judgment and when He takes on your sins that judgment lets loose full force. On Calvary, Jesus is a lightning rod for the Law, absorbing all that sin and God’s judgment against sin can dish out. Even unto death.
Why does He do it? Again, for you. To redeem you. To buy you back. To pay the price needed to bring you back to God. To give you the adoption as sons. Washed at the font, the Father has adopted you as His own. You are a child of God because Jesus’ death and resurrection are the basis for your being chosen and adopted by the Father.
You were under the Law. Now you are redeemed. You were an orphan. Now you are a son. You were born of a woman in sin. You have been born again from above to new life and the righteousness of Jesus. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Oh, that birth forever blessed, When the virgin, full of grace, By the Holy Ghost conceiving, Bore the Savior of our race, And the babe, the world’s Redeemer, First revealed His sacred face Evermore and evermore. (Of the Father’s Love Begotten, LSB 384:2)