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Summary: From the idea that Jesus was born at the right time springs the idea of human timing. What time is it for me right now?

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SN122291 Knowing the right time Luke 2:6

Beginning:

Does anyone here know what time it really is, really? GMT (Greenwich mean time) is the standard military time all over the world. Pilots refer to it as Zulu time.

I love daylight saving time. Gail and I enjoy long summer evenings in the garden or on the back deck. In the winter we go to work in the dark and return the same.

John Burroughs, born in 1837 and died in 1921 said, “I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see. The longer I live, the more my mind dwells upon the beauty and wonder of the world.”

Time is an interesting concept. It comes to us like knots in a string. Sometimes my string is like a bird’s nest as it seems life comes in big confusing bunches.

A. W. Tozer said, “That God appears at time’s beginning is not too difficult to comprehend, but that he appears at the beginning and end of time simultaneously is not so easy to grasp. Time is known to us by a succession of events . . . . Changes take place not all at once but in succession, one after the other, and it is the relation of "after" to "before" that gives us our idea of time . . .. God is not compelled so to wait. For him everything that will happen has already happened. “

Measuring time is different depending upon which sex you represent. When a man says there is one minute and thirty seconds on the scoreboard a woman thinks the trash will be taken out in one minute and thirty seconds. A good quarterback can stretch one minute and thirty seconds into thirty. When a woman says she will be ready in five minutes she means five minutes in geological time. When I order something from a catalog I want it delivered in two dog weeks.

Some wonder if it is time to get married. Others wonder if it is time to change jobs/careers. Is it time to get involved in church? Is it time to grow spiritually?

There are two Greek words for time: Chronos (Chronological) and Karios (Seasonal). However you are defining time you need to know this is now our time. Illustration Dead Poets Society movie

Read Eccl 3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:3:2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,3:3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,3:4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,3:5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain,3:6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,3:7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,3:8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

Let me ask you again, What time is it?

Background:

Luke’s account of Jesus’ life contains many time references.

Luke says God knew the right time (Chronos and Karios) to send Jesus.

Historically, religiously, sociologically, culturally, politically and on and on it was the perfect time for God to send His son.


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