At just the right time
While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.
- from Luke 2:6-7
He’s here at just the right time. Jesus is never late, nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to. When the time came for him to be born, he arrived.
Jesus’ arrival into this world is a pebble that drops into the pond of history and sends ripples throughout the cosmos. The angels watch with bated breath. But most of the world hardly notices.
Jesus arrives without fanfare. He doesn’t descend from the heavens on a golden escalator. He doesn’t split the sky apart when he enters the world. He doesn’t appear suddenly and with force in the seats of power. He arrives in the noisy and messy way we all arrive into this world. He’s born.
Jesus doesn’t receive fanfare, but he’s here nonetheless. And that’s all that matters. Whether he’s noticed or not, acknowledged or not, worshipped or not, he’s here. Tonight we’ll celebrate his arrival as a church. Without him, we’d be lost. With him, we have tremendous hope, faith and joy.
God always shows up in our lives at just the right time. We may not notice or acknowledge or worship him, but he’s here nonetheless. He’s here when we need him. He offers guidance and comfort and salvation. The same God who – at just the right time – was born on Christmas will also connect with you today, if you ask him.
Take a few moments today to ask God to meet you. Ask him to give you guidance and comfort and salvation. Ask him to help you know he’s present. Ask him to help you celebrate Christmas.