When the time was right

509 when the time was upPeople like to claim that God always chooses the right time and I'm sure that's right. One of my memories of the Bible Beginner's Course is an "eye-opening experience" that I experienced when I learned that Jesus came to Earth at the right time. A teacher explained how everything in the universe needed to come to the right match so that all the prophecies concerning Jesus were completely fulfilled.

Paul spoke to the church in Galatia about the sonship of God and about being in the bondage of the powers of the world. "But when the time was come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, and done under the law, that he might deliver those who were under the law, that we might receive the sonship (the fullest rights of the sonship)." 4,4-5 LUT). Jesus was born when the time was full. The Elberfelder Bible states: "when the fullness of time had come".

The constellation of the planets and stars fit. The culture and the education system had to be prepared. The technology or its nonexistence was right. The Earth governments, especially the Romans, were on duty at the right time.

A commentary on the Bible states: "It was a time when the" Pax Romana "(the Roman peace) stretched over much of the civilized world and therefore travel and commerce were possible as never before. Great streets connected the empire of the emperors and its various regions were connected in even more significant way by the all-pervading language of the Greeks. Add to that the fact that the world has fallen into a moral abyss, so deep that even the Gentiles cried out and the spiritual hunger was present everywhere. One has experienced the perfect time for the coming of Christ and for the early spread of the Christian gospel "(The Expositor's Bible Commentary).

All of these elements played a role when God chose this very moment to begin his stay as man and God in Jesus and his way to the cross. What an incredible coincidence of events. One might think of the members of an orchestra practicing the individual parts of a symphony. On the evening of the concert, all parts, clever and beautifully played, come together in brilliant harmony. The conductor raises his hands to signal the final screschendo. The timpani sound and the built-up tension is dissolved in a triumphant climax.

Jesus is this culmination point, the summit, the peak, the zenith of wisdom, power and love of God! "For in him dwells all the fullness of the deity bodily" (Kol 2,9 LUT).

But when the time was fulfilled, Christ came, who is the fullness of the Deity. "For their hearts to be comforted, united in love and for all wealth, in the certainty of understanding the knowledge of the mystery of God, that is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Col. 2,2-3 the ELEVEN). Hallelujah and Merry Christmas!

by Tammy Tkach

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