The Lutheran Confessions in the Solid Declaration, Article VIII, quote this verse:
We believe, teach, and confess that, although the Son of God is a separate, distinct, and complete divine person in and of himself and thus was truly, essentially, and fully God with the Father and the Holy Spirit from eternity, nonetheless at the same time, when the fullness of time had come [Gal.4:4], he assumed human nature into the unity of his person, not in such a way that there were two persons or two Christs, but that Christ Jesus was in one person at the same time true and eternal God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and a true human being, born of the most blessed Virgin Mary? (Book of Concord, Augsburg Fortress 2000, p. 617)
This is the person who redeems us from God’s judgment under the law by dying on the cross. We are full members of God’s family, not employees of the family business. Jesus is our brother, not the CEO’s executive vice-president. We are on a first name basis with Jesus and have an intimate relationship with God, not so we can work harder for the cause, but because we are completely, totally loved.
Jesus, thank you for getting us adopted into the family. Amen. — RB