Set Aside Time
“But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive the adoption to sonship” (Galatians 4:4).
He set aside time for us! We no more deserved his attention and care than the angels who had rebelled against him. He later called those angels demons. He abandoned them to death and darkness. Yet for us he took the time and made the effort to give us Christmas.
It was a very expensive Christmas. It took much planning and intensive preparation.
Centuries were spent in paving the way for the Son of God to enter the world as a human child. It’s not that God needed the time, it was the world that needed to be prepared.
Step by step the pieces of the plan were put into place. The nation of Israel, the People of God, needed to be developed. Heathen nations and godless rulers needed to carry out their roles. A common language needed to be developed—it turned out to be Greek. A time of peace among nations needed to be established so that the news of a Savior might be carried far and wide—that happened during the reign of the Roman ruler, Caesar Augustus, when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
He set aside time for us! He built our welfare into his busy schedule of controlling the universe. We were important to him.
We know about busy schedules. This is the holiday season. There are houses to decorate, and gifts to buy, parties to go to, regular work to be done—and there is so little time to do it in.
Unless—unless we are deployed to some far-off place or on a ship bobbing on an ocean. Then our time is not our own. Then tasks and missions and schedules clutter our lives far from home.
Then it may seem like this year we will need to skip Christmas. Not!
If we are deployed: there will be time; we can find time; we will make time to ponder the Christmas event and rejoice that our Savior has been born.
If we are stateside: could it turn out that this year we will be too busy with preparing to celebrate Christmas that we will end up not setting aside time for the Christ of Christmas?
Might it be that we spend so much money trying to provide a merry Christmas that we forget how much Christmas cost the Savior God?
Have we forgotten that it cost Jesus his life to be with us on Christmas?
Would we trade in the joy of salvation for a present in a box?
Surely we will set aside time for him this Christmas as he visits us in his Word.
Surely we have enough time for that.
O almighty and everlasting God, you took the time to consider our needs. You laid the plans for our rescue to take place. You were willing to pay an unbelievable price to ransom us. You gave us peace with yourself, hope in every circumstance, and an inheritance in glory. Enable and empower us to refresh our souls as we ponder the entrance of the Son of God into this world as our brother. Accept our thanks for giving us Christmas. Amen.
Written by Pastor Paul Ziemer, WELS National Civilian Chaplain
and Liaison to the Military, Cape Coral, Florida
Provided by WELS Ministry to the Military
For the week of December 4, 2016