Peninsula Community Church
He Came – At the Right Time
December 1, 2013
Galatians 4:4-7 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.
We have arrived at a great season of celebration and one that is filled with joy, peace, and promise. The Christmas season is a time of decorations, great food, family, and most of all the celebration of the birth of our Savior. I love this time of year. The music. The decorations. Visiting family and friends. Great celebrations of life. Christmas dramas and special meals. I trust you are as excited about Christmas as I am.
As I was I was praying about this season the idea that kept coming to me was that “He Came.” He came to bring life but Christ did not just come to bring life, He came to show us how to live life to the fullest. Christ came to die so we could live. He came to take on our nature so we could take on His nature. How awesome is that? Christ came!
Not only did Christ come but He came at the right time. He came to a land where the society, the religion, and the government was aligned together; and yet they were about to suffer great upheaval. The amazing thing is that when Christ came, his coming was noticed by so few. Other than the shepherds and the magi who saw the star in the east, we have no record of anyone else acknowledging his arrival. There were no headlines in the local paper. There was no media announcing His coming. He simply came. He was born in borrowed manger and was buried in a borrowed tomb.
As we look at Him coming at the right time, we must understand why this is important and how time is defined. In the New Testament, we find there are a couple of words for time. There is the Chronos time which is the time we are most familiar with. Chronos time is what we see on our watches, or on our calendars. Chronos time is what keeps us in line and our efforts in order. Chronos is what we use to mark our lives. Chronos has a certain beat. There is a specific timing that conforms to a chronos way of thinking. Too often, however, all we observe is Chronos time and we can miss out on the second time spoken of in the Bible.
The second word in the New Testament is the word Kairos. In the classical use of the word it is an opportune time and/or place. It is a defining moment. Kairos is that element of time that upsets Chronos. Kairos is often a moment of surprise. Kairos moments are where God steps onto the scene of our life. Kairos moments are usually not convenient but are critical to our growth. Kairos moments of God are not always easy but they are worth it. Karios moments often change our destiny. They change the way we think. They change the way we act. They change who we are.
Kairos moments are moments that are pregnant with possibility. Kairos moments bring us to a crossroads of decision. These moments can make us better or they make us bitter. Kairos moments are teachable moments. Kairos moments are ripe with the possibilities of real hope and change. Someone has said that wasted Kairos moments are wasted opportunities to grow. They are missed opportunities to see God’s hand at work.
Our lives are made up of both Chronos and Kairos moments. We see as we read the story of Jesus that His life was made up of Kairos moments. His life was filled with those divine moments of opportunity where he was able to impact and challenge others for good.
As we read the verse before us this morning, we see that Christ came in the fullness of time. When the Chronos time was right, it was time for a Kairos moment. Christ came and touched a young girl’s life who was forever change, as she was impregnated with the seed of God. She was the chosen as one who would be the mother of the Messiah. The Angel Gabriel interrupted the lives of Joseph and of Mary. They were living an ordinary life when they were called to an extraordinary purpose. They were called to be the mother and father of Jesus.
This first Kairos moment was the coming of Christ as a little baby. Think about this for a moment. This one born as a child would replace his swaddling clothes, for the robe of a teacher which would be replaced by the clothes of a dead man, and then finally the white robes of kingship. He came to put on our nature so that we have the capacity to put on His. It is interesting to note that Jesus was wrapped in swaddling clothes at his birth but was wrapped in the garments of death upon his burial. “The babe in swaddling clothes came with a mission to fulfill.”
The question is what does this mean for us. It means that He Came for us. He came to bring us life. He came at the right moment to forever change the destiny of the world and those individuals who would accept his gift of salvation. You see this Kairos moment is twofold. For one, he came at the appropriate time and he continues to come to people at the moment they need it most.
Throughout the New Testament we see that Jesus came to people at special times. At the right time, Jesus comes onto the scene of their lives. Jesus showed up on the scene of the prostitute who was about to be stoned because of the accusation by the religious leaders. Jesus showed up when the disciples faith was being tested in the storm even though they had been told by Jesus himself that they should go to the other side. Jesus showed up at the pool and an invalid was immediately healed physically and spiritually. Jesus showed up and healed the lepers although only one stopped to say thanks. Jesus went to calvary and gave himself for us. He rose on the third day so that we would be able to overcome sin and the power of sin. At the right time, Jesus came to Peter to announce that he was still loved and that He had a plan for Peter’s life. He was to be a critical part of the plan of God in the new church that was to be established by God.
God still comes today, at the right time, so that our lives will be forever changed. When he comes we must accept his work in us.