Fullness of Time
But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. - Galatians 4:4-5
By: Clancey Paul
While travelling this summer, our family had the opportunity to visit a number of historical sites that put into perspective the short history of our country. In London, we experienced St. Paul’s Cathedral during their daily Evensong service, we toured the Tower of London learning about its complex history, we viewed ancient artifacts from as far back as 3,000-5,000 BC at The British Museum, and we saw some of the earliest documents recovered over time at the British Library. In Malaga, Spain we stood on a spot from which we could view evidence of three different civilizations at one time. A roman amphitheater sat to our side. Rising up from the hill stood an Islamic fortress and in the distance we could see the spire of a cathedral.
Experiencing these reminders of the history of civilizations around the world made our current period of time feel small and less significant. In the context of considering thousands of years of human experiences, I was pulled away from the intensity of our time in history and reminded that God’s presence over time is never changing. In Hebrews, Paul reminds us that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever”. Culture changes but God’s presence remains faithful and consistent.
“But when the time had fully come…” The circumstances of Jesus’ birth were foretold by prophets many years beforehand. When the right time had come, the progression of events leading to his birth, time on earth and eventual sacrificial death began. Knowing that God has a greater plan beyond what we can fully understand, this advent let us remember the one true eternal God of all people throughout time that we may find His peace and freedom in our time.