I remember my father used to tell me often these words “This is not the time”, or “wait for the right time”. This response is not something I could understand as a child. I always wanted to ride the bike when I was small, but my Dad never gave me. I see my friends use it much before and used to get angry. But after I got the permission to ride from my father, I thought there is a good reason why he didn’t allow me then and it is now there is a need for me to have a bike. I understood the importance of time. The sense of time grows in a human being as he/she grows. This Christmas I felt a deep need to meditate on the timing of the birth of Christ, “How an eternal God entered into the human history which is restricted by time and space, and why that time in history?”
In a world where everything swiftly becoming inorganic right from fruits, vegetables to our economy, systems and infrastructure, there is a sense of urgency in growth. Everyone wants everything quickly. To meet our diverse demands and supply, we tend to fast forward things than to wait for things to come off its natural maturity. For example, a mango tree is medicated so that it can bear fruit much faster than its natural yield. In this quest to reduce the time of production, we are even reducing our time on this earth, with the usage of inorganic things. Inorganic can be otherwise termed as “forced”. Forced growth in any area our lives leaves to lot of imbalances. But I like what Bible had to say about the birth of Christ that is “when the fullness of time was come”.
Jesus Christ not only fulfilled the prophecy of His birth and life, but also the time of His birth which is found in Daniel 9:24-27. Almost 500 years before the birth of Christ, the time of His birth was revealed. It’s just amazing! But the beauty behind this is that God never does things in a hurry. He waited for the fullness of the time for Him to have an appointment with mankind. “But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law.” (Galatians 4:4). He knew the exact time when Christ needs to be born and He prepared everything according to it. It was a mutual appointment.
It was the time when the Jews, who were the guardians of the Law of God were seeking for a messiah under the roman rule, when there was peace between nations under one roman rule, when trade and transport were thriving between nations with road and sea systems begin to be organized, when Greek had became a common language of use across nations, and most importantly when people sought for truth because the philosophies and systems had failed to satisfy people and the law systems wrongly burdened people and took away their rights. God entered humanity at the highest point of need, a time when everything was about to go astray in totality. God had the right to send His Son at any time in history, but He chose to send Him when the past and future could have the maximum impact and when the world was actually prepared to have Him.
The reason I wanted to talk about time is, because Jesus can enter into your life at any point. But He mostly chooses to enter at the time when the need for Him in your life is great, when you tried everything and disappointed by everything you held on to, when you had lost all hope and think I need someone who can get me out of this, Yes, Jesus came into my life in a time when I needed Him the most and I believe now is your time to have Jesus in your life. May this Christmas bring you this sense of God’s time in your life.