Life of Jesus Christ
In the Fullness of Time
Dec 1, 2019

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God has declared in His Word that He sent His Son at the perfect time. As we look back through history, we can see the wisdom of His plan laid "before the creation of the world" to reconcile people to Himself by the blood of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:3-4).

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Only God could have orchestrated such a perfect plan — all to demonstrate His relentless, saving love to sinners like you and me.

FULFILLING PROPHECY RIGHT ON TIME

Read Daniel 9:24-27. Right on time, in accordance with the prophecy God gave Daniel about 600 years before, the Messiah was put to death for the sake of others. Counting down using the lunar calendar of Daniel's time, the 7 sevens and 62 sevens from Artaxerxes' decree to Nehemiah in 445 BC for the rebuilding of Jerusalem reveal that the Anointed One would die around AD 30. While there is some debate about how this calculation should be made, one thing is certain: Jesus Christ died on the cross, providing atonement for our sins right when God revealed to Daniel He would.

A STAR TO LIGHT THE WAY

Before the Messiah could die on the cross, He had to be born of a virgin (see Isaiah 7:14). To announce this wondrous event, God heralded His Son with a supernatural star that led magi (people from an ancient Median tribe) from the East to Jesus in Bethlehem—in the Roman Empire. (These magi were likely descended from the same tribe who learned from Daniel back in the Babylonian Empire.)

THE ROMAN EMPIRE 27 BC - AD 476

Prior to the establishment of the Roman Empire, there were no great kingdoms in Europe. But by the time of Christ's birth, the Roman Empire had brought stability and peace to a vast area of Europe, North Africa, and Asia Minor, uniting up to a third of the world's population under one ruler.

  • Free Trade – The unity and stability of the Roman Empire allowed people to trade freely across the land—and with those goods, to freely trade news.
  • Safe Travel – The ingenious Roman road system kept the public safe on their travels through patrols, readily available basic lodgings, and easy navigation.
  • Common Language – The Roman Empire's two major languages, Greek and Latin, inherently created a united people as they adopted these tongues, which were considered key to imperial advancement and high culture.

THE SWIFT SPREAD OF THE GOSPEL

God used these historical circumstances of culture and technology to swiftly carry the Good News of Christ's redemption to the world.

  1. The New Testament was written in Greek—a language of the masses.
  2. The apostle Paul, a Roman citizen, was able to travel widely throughout the Roman Empire spreading the Gospel.

Only God could have orchestrated such a perfect plan—all to demonstrate His relentless, saving love to sinners like you and me.

"But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship." – Galatians 4:4-5


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