”There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth: A right time for birth and another for death …. A right time to wage war and another to make peace.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-2,8
God presented his son to the world at an opportune time. The world was a mess and needed a Savior. But God didn’t send a warrior, he sent a baby. The child became part of a family and learned about his faith just like other Jewish children.
After Jesus entered his ministry—in his 30’s—he didn’t form an army and use weapons to stop the people from destroying God’s world. To bring peace to the earth, he ministered to all through love and compassion.
We hear “what goes around comes around.” Who would have guessed 2000 years ago, when the Prince of Peace was born in Bethlehem, that today there would be so much unrest in that part of the world.
Each year during Advent, we wait with anticipation for the Messiah and pray that in the coming year, the world will hear and take to heart the words of verse two of O Little Town of Bethlehem:
For Christ is born of Mary, and, gathered all above
While mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of
O morning stars, together proclaim the holy birth,
And praises sing to God the king, and peace to all the earth.