But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.
Galatians 4:4-5 NIV
When the Time Came
Knowing the time in different places is not an issue today, but long ago it was a complicated matter. Communities used their own solar time, which differed by one minute per 18 km of east-west separation between communities, the later time to the east. At noon on November 18, 1883, North American railway systems adopted a standardized system of keeping time that used hour-wide time zones. It took many years, but eventually, people around the world began using the same timekeeping system.
Well, it’s Christmas Eve. This has to be, for many, one of the best days of the year. For our family, it is filled with the busyness of last-minute arrangements, finally wrapped up worshipping together with God’s people the One whose birth we celebrate. Over the past four weeks, we have been preparing ourselves for the celebrations of this evening and tomorrow. The time has come, as it does each year. The preparation for the first Christmas took much longer than four weeks. The arrival of Jesus had been planned before the creation of the world. God knew all that was going to happen – Creation and the fall, followed by millennia of prophets, priests, preachers and kings. Our Creator had waited until the world was just right – and when it was just the right time, Jesus came. Paul the apostle spoke of this in Galatians 4:4-5: “But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.” At just the right time, Jesus came. He is still Immanuel, God with us. Happy birthday, Jesus!
These have been words from the heart.