Rest from the Christmas Rush

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son. . .” (Gal. 4:4).

I don’t know about you, but for me the words “Christmas” and “rush” are too often synonymous. The “rush” part is no doubt the evidence of procrastination and poor planning. I begin the season with the best of intentions, but before I know it the schedule just seems out of control. Balls get dropped. Deadlines are missed. Good intentions remain unfulfilled. (This may explain the New Year’s Resolutions tradition!)

I guess that’s why I find Galatians 4:4 such a comfort at this time of year. When it came to providing a Savior for sinners like me, God didn’t miss any deadlines. He didn’t procrastinate or fail to plan. He wasn’t one second late.

Reflect with me for a moment on just how our sovereign God had been working so that human history had reached a state of “fullness,” the climactic time for Jesus to take the stage in the drama of redemption:

1. God used the Jews to provide the Old Testament law so that every person could see their guilt and need of a Savior;

2. God used the Jewish synagogues throughout the world to strategically proclaim monotheism;

3. God used the Greeks to provide a common language so the whole world could hear the gospel;

4. God used the Romans to provide roads and a political peace, making possible safe and efficient travel for gospel preachers.

Just think of it! God was working sovereignty in history, causing dynasties to rise and fall, so that you might come to know the only true King, Jesus Christ – and to know Him so intimately that you can call Him, “Abba” (“Daddy”).

Now, there’s a thought that can transform a frantic rush into a holy hush. I pray that it transforms yours.

Praying that we all keep Christ at the center of our Christmas.


About Sam Harbin
I am the President of Calvary Baptist Seminary in Lansdale, PA as well as the Chair and Professor of Pastoral Theology.

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