There are some questions we all have about the timing of events in history that will never be fully answered. Was the coming of Jesus really at the right time; when the people of Israel were in unbelief and disobedience causing their rejection of the promised Messiah; when the cruel hand of Rome oppressed people beyond imagination? Was it justifiable that Herod should “kill all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under” (Matthew 2:16)?
We must return to the Scriptures for insights and answers to these questions. Paul states so clearly that “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). That phrase “fullness of time” is instructive. It means that all the “contents of time were complete, or had come to an end” and there was nothing more to add that would make the moment more perfect for Jesus to come.
Frankly, I am more concerned that we understand the “why or purpose” of Christ coming than whether there might have been a better time. Christ came “to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” It makes no difference which law we were under. As a Jew, it was the Mosaic Law. As a Gentile, it was a law that each person made for themselves. Both “fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)! For men, women and children to be restored to a right relationship with God, they must be redeemed, liberated, delivered and rescued from loss! When we try to think of the stupendous gulf that sin created between God and His creature, and then realize that not only did He redeem us through His Son, God gave us the status of “sons”!
In giving others this message of salvation from sin and eternal loss through God’s Son, don’t leave out that God also brings us into His family, calls us His sons, and makes us “fellow heirs with Christ” (8:17). This truth makes every other question fade out of sight. JESUS CAME JUST AT THE RIGHT TIME AND FOR THE RIGHT PURPOSE!
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