The Fullness of Time

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Have you ever considered the timing of events? I do. We know that their is no such thing as coincidence with God. He ordains all things. I look at situations like this parsonage project that we are going through, have you considered that God knew exactly what time this would happen, He knew that plywood would cost $50 a sheet rather than $5. Yet His timing is perfect, meaning that He has a plan behind the timing in which He allows all things to occur within.
Galatians 4:5 & 6 tell us that at the fulness of time. At the perfect exact moment, God send his son. For the purpose of redeeming man.
As we read through this next passage, I want us to consider the timing in which God works, how His timing is always perfect.
Luke 24:13-35
Here is a couple of fellows; they were probably either disciples of Jesus or ones who were invested in His ministry. They are speaking of the crucifixion that has taken place, the things that were going on when they are joined by the living King himself, though veiled.
They reveal the glorious things that have taken place. The tomb was empty, how some of the women said they saw visions of angels, how the women had brought news that Jesus is alive.
“They stood still, looking sad.”
“Some women amazed us.” This doesn’t sound like people who believe what has taken place. This sounds like people who are confused, desiring to believe in something that they deem to be a fairy tail.
But it’s to fantastic it must be a fairy tale. They saw Jesus die.
They believed Jesus to be a great prophet.


They recognized Him as a great prophet.
This could also be eluding to the prophet that Moses said would come
Deuteronomy 18:15
Deuteronomy 18:15 ESV
15 “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen—
I think Luke is using the wording here to tie Jesus to Moses.
Acts 7:22
Acts 7:22 ESV
22 And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was mighty in his words and deeds.
They desired Him to be that prophet, and to redeem Israel.
For this was what the prophets had spoken of. One who would be the redeemer of Israel.

Slow of Heart

How do you not understand.
How do you not understand what Jesus said, or see what God is doing?!
This isn’t a new accusation.
There were many times that Jesus told them things, and they just didn’t get it.
Beware of the leaven of the pharisee’s....who has bread?
I am going to prepare a way for you....
Thomas asks, “what is the way? Show us and we will follow.”
......I am the way
Stop those kids, they’ll disturb Jesus....Let the little children come to me.
This is my body, broken for you.....Which of us is the greatest?
It sure is a good thing that we aren’t slow in heart, isn’t it.
Galatians 1:6-7
Galatians 1:6–7 ESV
6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.
Who has made you believe a different teaching? Who has made you wander from the grace of God.
They were following the teachings of the law. Desiring to be like the Jews.
They were believing in a different gospel.
You might say, they were slow in heart.
What do people see the gospel as?
Social Justice
God making america great again
Being healthy, wealthy and happy.
The good news is Jesus came to save sinners.
We are saved by grace through faith.
That faith was a gift from God so no one could boast.
The father regenerated us, giving us a new heart that would desire to come to Him in faith.
That is the good news, that we are saved by Grace.
Don’t get sucked into a different gospel.
Don’t become slow of heart
Don’t overlook the eternal for the temporal.
This book is not a bunch of religious laws, standards and suggestions how to live.
Everything is centered around Christ.
We can believe who He is becasue how He has fulfilled all that was spoken of Him.

Believe the Prophets

When Jesus said that they were slow to heart, it was slow to believe the prophets.
Genesis 3:15
Genesis 3:15 ESV
15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
From Eve there will be one who will destroy sin and death.
Genesis 12:3
Genesis 12:3 ESV
3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
All the families shall be blessed through Jesus, the heir of Abraham.
Genesis 49:10
Genesis 49:10 ESV
10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until tribute comes to him; and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.
The scepter will not depart from Judah.
Numbers 21:9
Numbers 21:9 ESV
9 So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.
All who looked to the serpent on a pole would live.
Jesus in John 3:14 eludes to this showing that this was pointing to Him on the cross.
2 Samuel 7:12-13
2 Samuel 7:12–13 ESV
12 When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
Solomon will build a house.
However, God here is speaking of a larger house. The temple of God, the people of God. His church who He built with Jesus.
It shall last forever.
Psalm 16:9-10
Psalm 16:9–10 ESV
9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. 10 For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.
A statement where we know that He would not stay dead, He could not stay dead.
Isaiah 9:6-7
All that Jesus will accomplish.
Isaiah 50:6
Isaiah 50:6 ESV
6 I gave my back to those who strike, and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard; I hid not my face from disgrace and spitting.
The suffering servant would be treated shamefully.
Zechariah 12:10
Zechariah 12:10 ESV
10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.
The anointed one would be pierced.
Zechariah 13:7
Zechariah 13:7 ESV
7 “Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who stands next to me,” declares the Lord of hosts. “Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered; I will turn my hand against the little ones.
The judgement of the Lord will be brought down on His shepherd.
Not one like the other shepherds, but one who is a fellow citizen.
Hebrew word al can also mean upon for provision.
This is just a small snip, the entire Old Testament points us to Christ.
Points to His divinity, points to Him being the perfect teacher, Points to Him suffering, and points to Him being the atonement, the payment for our sins.
There are Christians who downplay the importance of the Old Testament.
The Old Testament is the proof that we have that Jesus is who He claimed to be.
We can trust in what Jesus said, because the entire Old Testament points directly to Him.
Do we trust the prophets? Do we trust all that has been written about Jesus?
God brought this all to pass in His perfect timing.
Do you see how God has been setting everything up since the beginning of time, getting the world ready for the time that Jesus would come…the fullness of time.
Do we realize that Jesus:
Is who He claimed to be, God in the flesh.
Everything that has taken place is all in the perfect plan of God, He’s still on plan A.
Faith in Him, is our only hope of salvation.
There is no other gospel.
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