“But when the fullness of time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman...” (Gal. 6:4).
According to most scholars, the “fullness of time,” was about 4,000 years from the time of Adam to Jesus, or approximately 62 generations.
That’s a long time. What it says to me is that God’s plan of redemption isn’t hurried or slow. It’s a plan that was set in motion and God allowed it to unfold according to schedule. How unlike our days. Stress, anxiety, and hustle seem to be ample descriptors of folks during the Christmas season. People race out of the house to work, then to the mall. From the mall to grocery story to buy items for the Christmas party you are either hosting or need to contribute to at work; school Christmas programs with the kids; church choir practice; and finally back home, completely exhausted.
But don’t let all this cause you to miss the joy of Jesus this Christmas. Take time to read the story of the Great Gift to mankind before you exchange gifts. After all, the reason you’re giving gifts is because of the Christ-child gift. Slow down. Contemplate that unimaginable, indescribable, gloriously generous gift—Jesus, who God gave to you.
“But when the fullness of time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman...that we might receive the adoption as sons and daughters” (Gal. 6:4-5).
- Pastor Ben