Advent Devotional – Sunday, December 25, 2016 – Christmas Day – The Time Is Right
13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. 14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? 15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:17 and lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. – Matthew 3:13-18
Christmas only comes once every 365 days. When I was young, my sister and I could not wait for Christmas. We got up early each and every Christmas as we could not wait to see what we had received. My sister and I knew it was time for us to open our Christmas presents when our father had finished reading us the Christmas story. We knew then that the time was right.
We tore through those packages to discover what awaited us. We have all heard that timing is everything. The birth and coming of Jesus, the Son of God was all right on time!
Little is known about the days, weeks, months and even years of Jesus‘ early life. We have some knowledge of his birth and one brief description of a trip to Jerusalem when Jesus was twelve. But we know very little of the days, weeks and months that Jesus lived prior to His ministry. Thirty years have now passed and Jesus goes out into a desert to meet John the Baptist, who has been calling people to repentance and baptizing them in the Jordan River. John is preparing the way for the Messiah-for Jesus! The time is right!
The gift from God had been delivered and was now about to become fully opened. Heaven was about to open as John begins to baptize Jesus. John baptizes Him not because of sin . . . for Jesus has nothing to repent of, but rather because Jesus models for us obedience to the command of God. Just as He was wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger – – – He now wades out into the water to stand with us in our sinfulness.
The time is right – – – God is pleased! Jesus is starting His ministry! The way had been prepared! Obedience was called for . . . and given! Now is the time for you to obey God! It is time to unwrap the Savior of our world!
He has come!