"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him" (John 3:16-17 ESV)
Most of the time we are unable to save ourselves. We are out of our depth, in something too deeply, unable to turn and swim against the tide. We need to be rescued. When we try and save ourselves we end up using a lot of energy and slowly we start to lose the battle. We need a Saviour.
Thankfully that is what our Father did for us. The human race was stuck, it was unable to save itself from the pathway of sin and the orphan-hearted ways of the world. We needed to be rescued and that rescue is what we have just celebrated over the Christmas season. A Saviour who was given freely to the world in order to deal with the problem of our sin and in doing so, to make a way for us to come home to our Father. This was the only way that this rescue could happen. A sin-free Son coming into this world to save us from the power of sin and to open the way for us to live as sons and daughters.
The coming of the Saviour was not to condemn but to bring freedom.
The orphan-hearted system we have left behind is one of guilt, shame and condemnation. But the way of sonship is one of freedom.
As we start 2018, my prayer is that we will all experience a greater level of freedom as we grow in our sonship and become more like our Saviour.