"Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:10-11
It’s that time of the year again. The holiday season has come with all its joys of Christmas and for some, a time of sadness. But what is the meaning of Christmas for you? Is it the gifts under the tree, lights in the windows, “Merry Christmas” greetings and delicious food with family and friends? Or is Christmas a time of sorrow? You don’t have the extra money to buy gifts, loved ones won’t be able to be home, the big dinner may not be a reality or it may be a time that reminds you of your problems and the things that aren’t the way you want them to be. Christmas is a time of great joy no matter what is happening. God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to demonstrate His love for us, to open the door of salvation to whoever would believe, to give us healing, renewed strength and to destroy the power of death!
Some of us have very busy lives and feel like we are always in a hurry. Others may have had to slow down for reasons outside their control and may feel resentment or sadness at not being able to do as much or do it as fast as was possible in the past. One reason we may find it difficult to slow down is that we are not convinced of the need for things to occur ‘in the fullness of time’. We feel there is so much to accomplish in so little time. We’ve become addicted to instant gratification. The conscious act of slowing down prepares us for moments of grace, moments that we might not see if we’re in a hurry.
Fullness of time refers to the appropriate time, when the right time came or the perfect ending for an era. There is a time and a season for everything under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1). God’s timing always brings satisfaction and joy.
Let us be reminded that Jesus’ birth was the fulfillment of God’s promise! Isaiah had revelation of the future coming of Jesus Christ; he had a specific vision of Jesus coming to earth as a human being (Isaiah 60:1). The life of Jesus is living proof that we can depend on our heavenly Father to give us joy and victory in life.
So let us focus on what is truly important this Christmas by remembering how loved and blessed we are because of the greatest gift God gave us in Jesus, the gift of eternal life!
There is a fullness of time that, according to God, has a beginning, a point of action, followed by an end. The angel, Gabriel, told Mary she would give birth to a Son and to name Him Jesus; He is our gift of life. Jesus was born at the exact moment in time God wanted His will for all mankind to be fulfilled. Everything Jesus did on earth by his birth, life, death and resurrection was done for us and is recorded in heaven.
It is amazing how the Lord works to reveal Himself. Throughout my life the Lord has revealed Himself in many ways. God revealed Himself to me through the death of a man I admired. Because of him, I became saved through Jesus Christ. I went from not knowing Christ as my Savior to knowing He is my Savior in a personal way. This was God’s fullness of time for me; it was life changing! I cannot overly express my thankfulness for that life changing moment when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior.
The Holy Spirit is the key to God’s revelation. In God’s timing, the Holy Spirit speaks to our hearts and minds revealing His secrets and mysteries as we are willing, open and focused on God’s Word. God has the perfect plan and the perfect time table for each of our lives. The Holy Spirit makes known the reality of Jesus and He gives us a powerful desire to obey His Word. Have you heard Him say to you, “Come to Me and hear My sayings, and do them, I will show you what you are like? You are very strong! (Luke 6:47).
At Christmastime, we experience feelings of joy and peace. This is great, but the birth of Jesus is based on the facts of God’s Word. Feelings will wear off. When we stop waiting for a feeling and affirm the facts of God’s Word, the real feeling of God’s supernatural peace and joy appears. Being excited about Jesus does not give a lasting faith movement on the inside. Accepting God’s Word and affirming it in a personal present-tense way is mixing the Word with faith, it prospers us (Hebrews 4:2). Lord Jesus Christ, You in me by the Holy Spirit, You are my miracle of peace, power, plenty and purpose. Thank you. I say it to be so with thanksgiving and praise. Amen.