CHANGING OF SEASONS
Gal. 4:4-5 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
As the old song goes, “He’s got the whole world in His hands”. He is the great orchestra leader ordering all things for His glory. In today’s scripture we see that Paul said that Jesus was born in the fullness of times. The world was at it peak time in it’s history for the gospel to be preached to the greatest number of people. Most of the world spoke greek because of the Greek Empire followed up by the Roman Empire. The Romans built a highway system over their world making transportation easier than it had ever been. Christ was born at the fullness of time.
The Reformation also began in one of those “fullness of times”. Martin Luther’s conversion, Erasmus’ compiling of the New Testament into a greek manuscript, and the invention of the printing press. When Luther was converted, he realized the importance of the written word. He devoured the scripture knowing that it was the source of life. His great accomplishment was translating the Bible into German. It was his fullness moment. With the help of the printing press, God’s Word became available to the masses. Here is what John Piper said about Luther’s emphasis on the written word and it’s importance in the Reformation.
“One of the great rediscoveries of the Reformation—especially of Martin Luther—was that the Word of God comes to us in the form of a book. In other words, Luther grasped this powerful fact: God preserves the experience of salvation and holiness from generation to generation by means of a book of revelation, not a bishop in Rome, and not the ecstasies of Thomas Muenzer and the Zwickau prophets. The Word of God comes to us in a book.”
Now what does this history lesson have to do with us today? Everything! I believe we live in another one of those fullness of times moments. Our world is rapidly changing. As I write this devotion I can here the news in the background speaking about rockets being sent into Israel. As Jesus said, “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies…”, we are near to a radical change in our world like nothing we have ever seen in our lifetime. The world is being prepared for the greatest of all harvests of souls since the beginning of the church. Along with all the prophetic events happening around us, we have entered into a new technological age. As the Roman roads were to Paul and the printing press was to Luther, the internet and social media provide great opportunities for the spreading of the gospel today.
What should we do? Saturate yourself in the written word; the Bible. Follow your heart to some sort of ministry involvement. Open your mouth and He will fill it. Don’t miss this moment, it’s our turn to make a real difference in this world.