“Christ the Savior is Born!” (Part 1 of 3)

Jesus came from heaven at just the right time.  He came to save sinners from the slave market and make them part of His Family!

December 18, 2020

"But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law.  To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons."

Galatians 4:4-5

Part 1

Yesterday:  The Promise Kept

“But when the fulness of the time was come.”
At just the right time, the time is chosen by the Father Himself, Jesus was born.  Jesus grew up as other Jewish children and was under Joseph and Mary’s parenting.

“But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father” (Galatians 4:2).

God’s timing is always perfect, never too early, nor is He ever too late.  The godly line since Adam has been awaiting this historic occasion.  Now the promised “Seed” of the woman is born!  The new Prophet that is like Moses has now arrived!  Here is “God with us,” Emmanuel, in the flesh!  Some might argue that the Messiah has arrived too late for the Jewish people.  But no, this is precisely the time in human history when the “earth needed to receive her king.”

 

“God sent forth his Son.”

“That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him” (Ephesians 1:10).

“Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive its king;
let ev’ry heart prepare Him room,
and heav’n and nature sing,
and heav’n and nature sing,
and heav’n, and heav’n and nature sing.”[1]

Christ has come in human form to provide salvation!  Jesus said,

“…The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:35).

“For He saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succored thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).

The time is still right for your salvation.

“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

Tomorrow we will see what the Bible says about Jesus being “made of a woman.”  See you then.

 

Quote:  “The fullness of time equates to the fullness of God’s mercy, the fullness of God’s truth, and the fullness of God’s love.  The more we muse around the person of Christ, we grasp the fullness of His unsearchable riches.  At the fullness of time, God the Father, brought heaven down to man in the person of His Son, His only Son, the Son of His love.  Earth had not known this fullness in the pristine condition of creation, nor in the creation of Adam.  But now in the fullness of time, God concealed the glory in a babe in a manger, born of a woman, made under the law”[2] (Michael Haigh).

 

 

 

[1] The first stanza of “Joy to the World,” Lyrics by Isaac Watts (1719).  Tune, ANTIOCH, by George Frederic Handel (1685-1759).  Copyright Status, Public Domain.  Note: “Isaac Watts … wrote this text as a paraphrase of Psalm 98.  He published it in his Psalms of David Imitated (1719) under the heading ‘The Messiah’s Coming and Kingdom.’  The paraphrase is Watts’ Christological interpretation.” (See the article in hymnary.org, Downloaded: Tuesday, December 15, 2020.  From:  https://hymnary.org/text/joy_to_the_world_the_lord_is_come.)
[2] Haigh’s quote was borrowed from his article, “The Fullness of Time,” Downloaded: Tuesday, December 15, 2020.  From: https://sonofhislove.com/the-fullness-of-time/.