When The Time Had Fully Come

December 24, 2010 | 11 comments

You could have come in 2010.

Television producers could have broadcast your birth via the CNN ticker. “This just in: Reports of Bright Lights over Bethlehem!”

Newspaper editors could have run headlines in 72-point type:

“Angels declare: Savior is here!”

Like modern-day shepherds, we could have spread the news of Your birth over Facebook and Twitter and via cell phone: “Gr8 news 4U! BFF is Born!”

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Or …

You could have been born tens (or hundreds) of years earlier, in the middle of the silent age. Your people bent over — face to ground — begging for You. The prophets spoke of a coming dynasty, a forever King, a triumphant Prince of Peace, whose name would be Wonderful. They foretold of You.

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But You were neither too late nor too early.

You came with the dawn of redeeming grace. On a starry night in Bethlehem, “the time had fully come …”

Love came down at Christmas.

Bread of Life was birthed in a feed trough.

Forgiveness came in a wooden cradle, fulfilled on a wooden cross.

Unto us, a Savior …

Merry Christmas from our home to yours.

“But when the time had fully come,
God sent his Son,
born of a woman, born under law,
to redeem those under law
so that we might receive the full rights of sons.”
— Galatians 4:4-5

by | December 24, 2010 | 11 comments

11 Comments

  1. A Simple Country Girl

    And a Merry Christmas to you and yours, miss Jennifer!

    Your words, your heart, your sharing, your caring, all reflect His love. I thank you kindly ma'am for all you have given me.

    Blessings.

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  2. Deidra

    Merry Christmas, Jennifer!

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  3. Debbie

    Merry Christmas Jennifer! So thankful for God's love for us. May we keep Jesus at the center of our celebration.

    I also wanted to tell you that I wrote a post on a Norwegian American Christmas on Heart Choices at http://www.heartchoices.com/2010/12/vr-sa-god.html.

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  4. Jake and Nikki Boden

    Thanking and praising God that he sent his son for us! Thank you for the reminder of his infinite love. Wishing you and yours a very Merry, Happy, Blessed and Wonderful Christmas time together!

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  5. Jeff Jordan

    "Neither too late, nor too early." For sure. Love your words and encouragement. Merry Christmas!

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  6. Stacey

    Like! Merry CHRISTmas!

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  7. Brock S. Henning

    "Gr8 news 4U! BFF is Born!"

    Awesome! Merry Christmas to you and your family, Jennifer.

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  8. Linda

    Yes – He is always right on time.
    Merry Christmas Jennifer.
    You have been a gift in my life this year. Thank you for your kind words and inspiring posts. You bless.

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  9. Shaunie Friday--Up the Sunbeam

    Merry Christmas sweet Jennifer!

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  10. Sarah

    Merry Christmas … may we continually find bits of hay from a manger clinging to our lives. Oh the goodness. Oh the love. Oh the rejoicing going on in our lives today and for eternity.

    There is A WAY in a manger,
    Sarah

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  11. Laura

    Smiling. Perfect headline, Ms. Journalism professor.

    But…you get the story just right. Enjoy the remainder of this beloved season, Jennifer. Blessings.

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