“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

John 3:16

Reading the Gospel of Luke on one occasion I’ve noted that phrase used more than one hundred times. It became extra important because it was written by a Doctor. It felt as though he was displaying his “log” of appointments and what had occurred in a very orderly sequence. He had noted initially that others had sought to relate the story of Jesus, and now he felt compelled to research and authenticate when, what, and how things had transpired.

The phrase “and it came to pass” reminds us of the Apostle Paul writing to the church at Galatia, “in the fullness of time” (4:4). The world was under the rule of Rome. The language of that day was Greek, and it was possible for communication to spread like wildfire. Though Jesus limited His ministry to a miniscule section of our world, in three short years He imprinted indelibly His message to such an extent that each activity, each parable, each recorded word of healing, each occasion of silence, blended harmoniously in those words: “and it came to pass”.

God, who alone rules and reigns, does not allow a haphazard existence to this planet or people! He has observed our choices, and knowing that we could not rescue ourselves from the pit into which we had fallen, presented to us a means of salvation and security in the perfect atoning sacrifice of His Son Jesus…no more or less… and He did it in perfect timing. Hear again: “For God so loved the world, (you and me) that He gave His only begotten Son, (Jesus) that whosoever believeth in HIM, should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

His schedule is always… It came to pass… in the fullness of time!!! His time is your time.

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