Col. 1:13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,
Redemption is what Christmas is all about. We were all slaves by birth. We knew no other life, we were born into darkness and slavery was our lot in life. We were slaves to sin, slaves to the prince of darkness, and slaves to the law. That is the whole purpose of Christmas, man was in need of a Redeemer since the time of the fall. We see this in the desperate cry of Job thousands of years before Christ, “For I know that my Redeemer lives and at the last he will stand upon the earth”. Christ appeared on earth to purchase us from our life of slavery. His death was the price of redemption; the results, we are now members of a brand new family. We are no longer slaves, we are members of the family of God. Here are some thoughts from John Piper on redemption and our new family.
“The reason we need a ransom to be paid for us is that we have sold ourselves into sin and have been alienated from a holy God. When Jesus gave his life as a ransom, our slave masters, sin and death and the Devil, had to give up their claim on us. And the result was that we could be adopted into the family of God. Paul put it like this in Galatians 4:4–5: “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.” In other words, the redemption, or the ransom, frees us to be a part of God’s family. We had run away and sold ourselves into slavery. But God pays a ransom and redeems us out of slavery into the Father’s house.”
This slavery has effected all of us throughout our lives. Some cover it over trying to be the best they can be, others cloak it with various forms of self medication, and still others just sink into the bog of depression. Hopelessness is normally the end result of all of the drama. It’s in hearing and embracing this good news of great joy that we are finally free. Like the shepherds of old, its in embracing the good news of great joy that brings us into the family of God.