Timing’s Everything

People everywhere celebrate the birth of Christ each year. But there’s controversy among scholars as to the actual calendar date of that event, even though December 25 has been accepted for centuries. I find that strange, since the Bible tells us exactly when Jesus came to Earth.

In a letter written by Paul that has become part of scripture, he writes, “When the fullness of time had come, God sent His Son.” How much more clear can it be?

God made Himself visible, in the form of Jesus, at just the right time. In fact, He continues that mode of operations today. Whatever the need – encouragement, friendship, a kind word – God shows up via another human being or by some divine intervention at precisely the optimum moment.

This is comforting, but it can also be excruciating, as my schedule and God’s don’t always coincide. What He thinks is split-second perfect can seem far too late or too early to me. This is also par for the course – the Hebrew people living under oppression so long ago most likely wished the Messiah had come sooner.

Christ incarnate doesn’t happen only in late December. God sends his Son to Earth constantly. When? At just the right time.

 

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