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At Just The Right Time

Yesterday, Cooper lost his first tooth.  He is the “baby” of the family, so it was a pretty big deal, especially when his older sisters got home from school.  At the same time, because he is the youngest, many events that were once a big deal no longer hold that much clout around here because we’ve been doing them for years. So, this morning, around 6:00, I was making coffee, and it occurred to me that the tooth was still under his pillow.  I panicked for a moment but quickly ran to my purse, then to his room and made the switch-out with the dollar for his little white speck of a tooth.  Fortunately, he didn’t move, and when he wakes, his dreams will be shattered by a one dollar bill and not the fact that his parents failed him.

When scripture speaks of how Christ died “at just the right time,” it has nothing to do with making it just in the nick of time.  He wasn’t the hero swooping in with only seconds to spare to save us.  We weren’t saved by the bell.  It was at just the right time.  “For, while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” (Romans 5:6) What was that right time?

Ray Fowler gives two explanations:

A. We were at our point of deepest need.

First, because we were at our point of deepest need. If Christ had waited for us to improve ourselves, well, he would still be waiting, wouldn’t he? If Christ had waited until we got our lives all pulled together and had learned to resist sin and follow God’s laws perfectly, he would never have died. Besides, his death would not have been necessary then. The whole purpose of his death was to bring us forgiveness. It is like Jesus said to the Pharisees of his day, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:31-32)

B. This was the greatest demonstration of God’s love.

And a second reason why this was the right time, when we were powerless, ungodly, sinners and enemies of God, is because this was the greatest demonstration of God’s love for us. If God loved us so much that Christ would die for us when we were in such a state as Paul describes, then we may have full confidence in God’s love for us in the present and in the future as well. Christ died for us at just the right time.

See all of his post here.

Christ is not hindered by time.  I am often trying to get things done “just in time,” but He Accomplishes His work At Just The Right Time.

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  1. Good post. Interestingly in Galatians 4:4, Paul writes “the fullness of time” he uses “chronos” (τὸ πλήρωμα τοῦ χρόνου), chronological time. So, not only was the sending of God’s Son the “opportune time” it was also chronologically the right time.

    October 15, 2011

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