“But when the set time had fully come”. Take a second to think about all the pieces that had to be put into place by God in order for the time to be right for Jesus to be born. All the countless miracles that went unnoticed. All the people whose lives played a part in that day happening without them even knowing it. Our God truly is amazing! Here are a few that I can think of.
- The Jewish people return to Jerusalem from captivity, necessary for God’s chosen people to be intact, check 445 BC
- Roman occupation of Jerusalem, necessary for crucifixion, check 63 BC
- Ceasar Agustus and Quirinius in office, necessary for census (forbidden by the Jews) that brought Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, check Agustus 27 BC, Quirinius 12 BC
- Mary and Joseph fall in love and get engaged, necessary for lineage to David and tribe of Judah, check
- Zechariah and Elizabeth have miracle baby John the Baptist, necessary to prepare the way for the Lord, check
- Not enough lodging space in Bethlehem, necessary for Jesus to be born in a manger, check
- Clear skies and magi that actually studied the stars, necessary for 3 wise men, check
- And angels everywhere proclaiming God’s plan, necessary to impart direction to participants, check
And why did He do it all? So that he could adopt you. God wanted us as part of His family forever so He provided a way for us to be adopted into it. And that way is Jesus. Welcome to the family!