Summary: Your life & mine are in the hands of God, & He keeps the clock! So let’s think about God’s perfect timing in the O.T., in the life of Jesus Christ, and in our lives, too. (Powerpoint available - #326)
MELVIN M. NEWLAND, MINISTER
RIDGE CHAPEL, KANSAS, OK
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ILL. There is an old, familiar Christmas song that begins with these words: “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go.” It is a beautiful song that brings back a lot of memories. One stanza in particular says, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas; Soon the bells will start. And the thing - that will make them ring - is the carol that you sing - right within your heart.” I like that!
A. To us, Christmas is special because it celebrates the birth of Jesus. And because of Him, it is also a time when we focus on what the world could & should be.
We talk about peace on earth, about generosity & giving. We think of children snuggled safely in their beds, with visions dancing in their heads. And we dream of a world the way it ought to be, a perfect world.
ILL. There was an article a few years ago in which a man gave his idea of a perfect world. He said, "In a perfect world you would feel as good at 60 as you did at 17. And you would be as smart at 60 as you thought you were at 17."
"In a perfect world professional basketball & football players would be complaining because schoolteachers were signing multi million dollar contracts. In a perfect world,” he said, “potato chips would have calories, but if eaten with dip, the calories would be neutralized." That was his idea of a perfect world.
APPL. What would make this a perfect world for you? Ice cream that's good for the heart? Apple pies that you eat to prevent cancer? Cheese cake that helps take off pounds? I can think of all kinds of things for my perfect world.
B. Now that we're thinking about perfect things, notice what Galatians 4:4 5 says, "But when the time had fully come God sent His son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive the full rights of sons."
In that passage we find 3 perfect things: Perfect timing when the time was exactly right. The perfect gift God sent His Son. And the perfect purpose to redeem us.
C. But this morning let's focus on the perfect timing. Paul says, "…the time had fully come."
Now in the Greek language there were two words for time: "Kairos" which means "opportune time" you seize an opportunity that comes your way, maybe quite by accident. Then there’s "kronos" from which comes our word "chronology" the orderly progression of events, when everything follows proper sequence, & is exactly right.
The word used in Galatians 4:4 is "kronos," indicating that God just didn't decide on the spur of the moment to take advantage of an opportune time. But rather, God planned & orchestrated the sequence of events, & when the time was just right, He sent His only begotten Son into the world.
Acts 17:26 says, "From one man God made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; & He determined the times set for them & the exact places where they should live." That's a great scripture which simply says, “God is in control.”