New Year’s Day–When the Fullness of Time Had Come

I Stand at the DoorIllustration:  “The Light of the World” by William Holman Hunt, 1853.  Oil on canvas over panel.

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:4-5).

When I see bad things happening, knowing God can do good things, I often wonder, “What is God waiting for?” You see it, too: Christians persecuted for their faith, children dying of malnutrition, congregations suffering for lack of pastors. What is God waiting for? Surely Israel asked that question often during the 4,000 years of waiting for God to fulfill His promise. Paul answers this question with one simple sentence: “When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son.”

By the time Jesus was born, Greece had influenced the entire known world and Greek had become a common language. In the last few centuries before Jesus’ birth, the Hebrew Scriptures had been translated into Greek and its promises made known throughout the world. The vast Roman empire had created a well-developed system of roads that provided for easy passage throughout their territory. The world was primed for God’s promise to unfold. What better time for the Savior to come?

Prayer: Lord, preserve me in my faith and show me how You want to use me to bless others in Jesus’ name. Amen.

As We Wait: As you wait for the Lord’s return, keep in mind that God knows when the time is right. Watch for the ways He wants to use you to bless others now.  May God bless you today and in 2016 as He uses you to further His kingdom and bless others with faith.

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