Summary: As the Son of God, Jesus came to accomplish everything well for our salvation -- all at the right time
Most of us have heard the famous "Who’s on First" routine by Abbott and Costello. The sense of timing is what has made that to be one of the funniest routines in American entertainment.
Timing is important in most everything. The right timing affects the outcome of an event – timing dictates the order things happen and it also sets the pace.
In Mark’s Gospel, we hear that Jesus begins his ministry "at the right time." He didn’t arbitrarily find himself in the role as Savior. He arrived at God’s perfect time. Timing Is Everything. We see this is especially true in Jesus’ life: 1) He Came to the Right Place and 2) He Came for the Right Task.
1) He Came to the Right Place
The stage was set. The time was right according to the world’s history. And God sent his Son. Throughout the Savior’s life, we see that he was sent to the right places. From his birth in Bethlehem, to his resurrection in Galilee, Jesus was always in the right place.
Earlier, St. Mark tells us that Jesus deliberately sought out John the Baptist and entered with him into the Jordan River. At the right time, Christ was baptized. As Jesus walked from the riverbank, he entered into work he came to accomplish – redemption from sin.
Timing is everything. It is true of us as well. Unfortunately, timing is everything bad for us. We have a horrible sense of timing. We sinful beings have a knack to find ourselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. We enter this world in a bad place. We are born in sin. From the moment we are conceived, the Bible tells us, it is in sin.
The time we spend in this life is filled with sin. We commit terrible sins. And we find ourselves in the wrong place. We find ourselves in the wilderness. Our sinful acts lead us into the barren wastelands of depression, guilt, sorrow, anger, and pain.
We often find ourselves alone and hopeless. We find that we are harassed and helpless. Temptations to fall into sin are great. The temptation is there for us to take counsel from the devil, the father of lies, rather than from Jesus who speaks only the truth. Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life" (John 14:6).
Consider the consequences of taking such advice! Each of us has to admit there is the temptation to conform to this world, to listen to the devil as he urges us to grab glory and success for ourselves in this life, our own hearts deceive us and insist we give in to selfish gratification. And we’re convinced that we are headed towards an oasis – fleshy desires are pleased under the shade tree of sexual promiscuity and perversion, there’s an unquenchable fascination to sip the sweet waters of instant satisfaction; we demand constant, cheap and easy entertainment, we must line our pockets with expendable cash, and spend every ounce of effort on pleasing our every whim and fancy.
Soon our paradise becomes a wasteland, our oasis a desert. Instead of finding cool comfort in the shade of sexual perversion, we find that the heat of guilt and shame bear down on us. The sweet water of materialism sours into a cesspool as we realize that we can’t quench our greedy thirst for more. We never have enough!