“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law,” (Gal. 4:4)
The fullness of time denotes the time that the father had set. In the same sense that earthly fathers set a time for the heir to receive the inheritance so God had a time in mind to send Jesus to accomplish the salvation of the world by annulling the law and establishing grace. This theme of sending is also prevalent in the book to the Romans, chapter eight.
Some would maintain that the very term sending would imply Jesus’s existence before His birth of a woman. The birth procedure then would only be the vehicle by which Jesus left heaven and came to earth. It is how He changed from God to man and thus became a Son. Mostly over our heads and beyond our understanding. One thing is certain, the birth of Jesus was not accidental or unplanned. God planned it and set a time for it to happen. It is important to remember that Jesus not only came to earth, He was sent.
This sending implies reasons. Jesus was sent for a reason. Paul has been explaining in this letter the reasons and big among them was the setting free of those under the law. In Romans, Paul explains one of the reasons. “For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” (8:3, 4)
Jesus was born of woman. He had a natural birth. He came as Son of God and son of man. He was God and He became a man through the same process as all other humans. Jesus was human and was tempted and tried just like all other mankind yet without sin. He lived and died under the law. Yes, Jesus was born under the law, just like all other Jews were. He was subject to its rules and regulations just like the rest of His brethren were, but because He was able to keep the law He fulfilled it and ended it with His death on the cross.
Task for Today: Believe that God planned your salvation from the foundation of the world. He made a promise to the serpent and one to Eve and another one to Abraham and He gave the law to point out how desperately grace was needed. Then at the right time, Jesus was sent and you were rescued. Live today with that knowledge. Rejoice in your salvation. Trust in His grace and love.