“…The Time Came…”
Dr.Luke tells us “the time came for the baby to be born” (Luke 2:6). Joseph and Mary had traveled to Bethlehem apparently because of government red tape (but really because of prophecy). The journey was all the more difficult because Mary was near term in her pregnancy.
Now every mother-to-be understands the longing for the time to come to deliver the baby. But the event occasioned by Luke’s words… “the time came…” had universal and eternal significance. At the precise moment when the Child was bom…the universe must have breathed a collective sigh, “At last! At long lastl” The angels must have watched with bated breath the Miracle of this Childbirth. The “ancients” (Hebrews 11:2) must have marveled as they felt their faith become sight. Father God must have smiled. Satan and his servants must have steeled themselves in rebellious determination. Was Mary pregnant with God? Luke 1:30-35 indicates just that. For nine months the blessed virgin, Mary, carried within her the Son of God Who had so emptied Himself that He was willing to submit to unthinkable and unimaginable human limitations as He was “made in human likeness”(PhiIippians 2:7).
There never was a baby like this One. He was heralded by an angel…accompanied by the angelic chorus…attended by shepherds…announced by a star…worshipped by the gift-bearing wise men…feared by an earthly monarch. The time came which had been anticipated by God before the worlds were created (Ephesians 1:4) and which provided the purpose for that creation (Ephesians 1:10).
“But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under law…” (Galatians 4:4). When Jesus was born the time was fully come. It was the fullness of time prophetically…legally…spiritually… culturally…and in every other way. For a long, long time the world had lain “in sin and error pining, ’til He appeared, and the soul felt its worth.” Romans 5:6 tells us that it was at just the right time Christ died for the ungodly.It was in the nick of time. If the world was to be saved, there was to be no other time…no other Savior…no other way. And so the time came…Mary brought forth her baby…wrapped Him in cloths and laid Him in a manger. And there…in that manger…lay joy to the world…the Savior…glory to God in the highest…and peace on earth.
Thank God…the time came!