The Perfect Time
December 18, 2014 by Dave Trepanier 2 comments
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son
The birth of Jesus took place on the very year, during the very hour, at the very moment in which God had sovereignly planned. Jesus did not arrive on this earth either a minute late or a minute early. Rather God had determined the very moment when the Son of God would descend from his heavenly home to take on flesh and dwell among sinners who were unworthy of such grace. Paul refers to this moment as the fullness of time. This was the full time, the perfect time, the completed time when God had determined to forever alter history.
Historically, the world stage was set for the message of Jesus to spread like wild fire throughout the Roman Empire. The Romans had literally paved the way with their intricate road ways, making travel the easiest the world had ever known. The uniform Greek language across the empire broke down the language barrier which would have inhibited the rapid spread of the Good News. Now, every part of the Roman Empire from the remotest coast of Hispania to the cosmopolitan city of Rome could understand the message concerning Jesus Christ. It would only be a few years later that a Jewish mob in Thessalonica would accuse the Christians of turning the world upside down (Acts 17:5).
Religiously, the recently developed system of synagogues throughout Palestine and the Roman Empire provided a platform for the Christians to read the Messianic passages in the Old Testament making known their fulfillment in Jesus Christ. It would not be too long after Jesus’ departure to his heavenly abode that Jewish believers would preach the Gospel in the local Synagogues, calling for belief in Jesus as the Promised Messiah of Israel. Although the majority of the Jewish people would reject the Gospel, this spread of the Gospel would only increase as the early church turned to the Gentiles after the Jewish rejection. Like the timing of Jesus Birth, even the Jewish rejection of Christ was planned by God so that he might save many Gentiles (cf. Rom 11:11-24).
More could be said concerning all that the phrase the fullness of time entails, but one point is crystal clear: God planned, orchestrated, and enacted the coming of Jesus perfectly. His work is perfect (Deut 32:4), needing no adjustments or alterations. He who created the world, choreographed the world events in preparation for the greatest birth the world would ever know.
This Christmas season, you can rest in the knowledge that God is still in control, still choreographing the events of history to bring Him the greatest glory. Nothing takes him by surprise. No act of terror catches him off guard. He is still as in control as He was when He sovereignly planned the birth of Christ. He knows the difficulties that you are facing even during this festive time of year. This Christmas season ought to fill our hearts with the assurance that God knows what he is doing and that he is worthy of all our trust. He sent his Son in the fullness of time.
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