by Pastor Mark Jordan
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:6-8, NIV)
It’s about time. It really is. Just a little over a week since Christmas, and a day-plus into the New Year, time is of the essence. Calendars are changing, normal schedules beginning to resume, and the friction of the grind starting to heat up. There might be some sadness that the holidays are over, some weariness from all the celebrating carrying into the new year, and don’t even let me get started about the dread to come when the credit card statement arrives…
We are in a sort of time warp where 2019 gives us the fresh start, but 2018 is fresh in our memories. As we look at Scripture, though, we can find some hope that extends beyond the ways we count time, and get real about God’s sense of timing.
It really is about time. Our verse for today says that God sent Jesus at just the right time. That moment in history unfolded eternity! God came to be held in a cradle, knowing He was destined for a cross, and then to be laid in a borrowed tomb, before rising again on Resurrection morning! The things that happened in Jesus’ time walking on earth were really to help prepare you for eternity. Jesus came to die for you so you can learn what it really means to live!
As we start 2019, think about how you can use your time in ways that emphasize God’s time. Focus on eternity, so you can make the most of each moment you get this year. You will be different by the time 2020 rolls around, so use these moments to make a difference for someone else. It’s about time you did!
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for this New Year! Help me to use my time to make a difference for you. As my calendars and planners change to 2019, may my eyes and heart be focused on eternity. I pray this I Jesus’ name. Amen.