THE FULLNESS OF TIME
God’s Great Plan – JESUS! Good and evil are in our world. Jesus entered the world to save it. Jesus brings God’s unfailing love and faithfulness (grace and truth).
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:17 (NKJV)
“Christ is coming! The prophets witnessed to this hope.”
The fact of the expectation of Our Lord among the Jews at the time of His coming is accepted by all students of their history. It is the fact that, at His Coming, Something had filled the Jewish people with the conviction that the Redeemer, the Messiah, was to come, that He would come about this time, that such and such would be His circumstances, His characteristics, the marks by which He might be known. This expectation was not merely of an event, or of a person in general, but was detailed in its knowledge of what was to be. This expectation, and the figure of Him that was to be, was marked clearly. He was to be born of a Virgin. He was to be born at
and yet by an apparent contradiction He was both to come out of ,
and was to be called a Nazarene. He was to be of the line of David. Egypt
God’s Right Time!
“But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” Gal 4:4-5 (NKJV)
“By observing, that God sent forth his Son born of a woman, the apostle insinuates, that Christ is the seed of the woman, promised at the fall to come and bruise the serpent's head.” McKnight [note Romans 16:20]
“And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins." So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us." Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.” Matt 1:21-25 (NKJV)
“Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” Romans 1:1-4 (NKJV)
The Apostle John wrote that God Himself became flesh in Christ (John 1:14). Jesus' humanity and divinity were complete, not partial. The two ideas—Jesus as 100-percent divine and 100-percent human—form the bedrock of a Christian understanding of Christ. The idea that the Word became human (literally became flesh) stunned both Greeks and Jews. The Lord's glory in the Tabernacle (Exod 40:34-38) was now present in Jesus Christ
“I believe in the God I see revealed in Jesus of Nazareth.” N.T.Wright
“For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Cor 4:6 (NKJV)
“The image of the true and living God, once revealed in all its glory, is to be reflected into all the world, as was always God’s intention. The mission of the Church can be summed up in the phrase “reflected glory.” When we see, as Paul says, the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ, we see this not for our own benefit, but so that the glory may shine in us and through us to bring light to the world that still waits in darkness and the shadow of death.” N.T.Wright
“The nativity is about Almighty God sending His one and only (begotten) Son down to this earth. This is His gift to us, not for Christmas, but for eternity. He doesn’t want us to admire it, anymore than we would merely admire a gift given from a loved one. He doesn’t want us to merely acknowledge His gift. He wants everyone; He wants you, to receive His gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ, by inviting Him into your life.” DJ
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 (NKJV)
Trust God and obey Him.