Sacrificing at the Right Time

“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” Romans 5:6

What made this particular point in history and in the life of Jesus the right time?  I’ve been pondering this since Easter Sunday.  I’ve heard teachers speculate that the Roman Empire and the system of roads created allowed Christianity to spread in a way that couldn’t have happened before.  Maybe that’s right.  It’s one of those things the Bible doesn’t tell us, so we don’t know.

What about Jesus?  Why did he “set his face” to go to Jerusalem on this particular Passover?  He knew what was going to happen;  He even told the disciples He would die.  It didn’t make sense to them, so why was he so convinced?  Well, there’s only one answer, plain and simple.  He did it in obedience to God. He never allowed anyone or anything to interfere with the Father’s will for His life.

It makes me realize that if I’m going to imitate Christ, I have to try to obey at the right time: in other words, as soon as God asks.  This is hard for me.  I have a million excuses:  I’m not ready yet, I need to prepare;  it’s not practical, nobody thinks I should do that;  I need to finish this other task first;  and even, is that really you, God?

The Bible tells us that our times are in God’s hand.  He is the one who knows the right time for everything in our lives.  We need to pray the prayer that cannot fail, “thy will be done.”  Then we need to step out in faith and do whatever He is calling us to do. He will take care of the results.

 

 

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