“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!” (Hamilton Wright Mabie). Anticipation may be the best word to describe December 24th across the world. We put children to bed with “visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads.”They certainly fall asleep with thoughts of toys and treats on Christmas morning.
I believe the world that almost missed the first Christmas morning entirely still had a sense of anticipation. History was at a unique point in time. Scripture tells us it was “the fullness of time” when our Savior eased onto the planet. Mobie tells us that this truth is important because it signifies that there were key events and much preparation behind the exact timing of Jesus’ birth.
I don’t know about you, but I love the thought that our Sovereign God orchestrated or knew events (depending on your theology) that prepared the world for the arrival of His “Good News.” One simple example is that the Romans had just finished completing a road system throughout the empire that would enhance the spread of this new movement. There were many others both foretold in scripture and occurring as a part of the advancement of civilization. Today, enjoy and share in the excited anticipation of the celebration to come, yet be aware there are many who still need to meet the Child of the Promise. #BeTheEdge
“But when [in God’s plan] the proper time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the [regulations of the] Law,” Galatians 4:4 AMP