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Timing Is Everything

“Timing is Everything”

 

            I love taking pictures, and I have learned that with photography “timing is everything” especially when it comes to taking pictures of animals.  One of my favorite pass times is to go to the zoo or a safari park and take pictures of the animals.  It is best to go while children are in school because then I can just stand to watch the animals for as long as it takes to get the perfect picture.

In an attempt to be the “cool aunt” when my nephews were young, I captured some great pictures that prove timing is everything.  These two pictures are hung right over the toilet in the bathroom the kids used.   They loved coming to see the “peeing monkey” and the “pooping elephant.”  Here they are for you to enjoy.

  

  As ridiculous as these are, they do prove that timing is everything in photography.  But we also see that timing is everything in this week’s text, Galatians 4:1-7.  Verse 4 says, “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son,…”  Have you ever wondered why Jesus was born at that specific time in history?  (Spoiler alert: Both pastors will discuss this in their sermons this Sunday.)

            Romans 5:6 speaks of God’s timing again.  It says, “When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.”  What made this “just the right time?” 

            Have you ever felt that you have been forgotten by God?  You fervently pray for a miracle, but each day brings the same misery.  I have been there.  Chris and I faced a time in our marriage when we could not make ends meet financially.  Every night I would cry myself to sleep convinced that we would have to file for bankruptcy.  We were not frivolously spending money, and we were faithfully tithing.  Chris has two jobs, and I had two jobs at home.  Yet month and after month, we were not sure how we were going to pay that rent.

            Eventually, I found a job opening, and I applied.  While qualified, I did not get the job.  The same job opening came around about six months later, but once again, I was overlooked.  After another six months had passed, the job once again presented itself, and this time I was hired.  Why did it take so long?  I was being faithful and obedient, yet it seemed that God was not answering my prayers.  Why would He allow us to struggle for so long?

Three years later, I was given a promotion, and that is when God’s timing became clear to me.  This promotion would not have come had I been hired the first time around.  In God’s perfect plan, timing was everything! 

            John Piper has translated Hebrews 4:16 as follows.  “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may find grace for a well-timed help.”  Throughout history God has proven that His time is perfect, and the Christmas season is a great reminder of this.  When you see the manger, remember that you can pray with confidence for his well-timed help.  His timing is everything.

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The Messiah, the Skeptic, and the Sinner

 The three main characters in the passage of Luke 7:36-50 are Jesus, Simon, and the unnamed “woman of the city”. Jesus has been invited to a party at the home of Simon, who is a Pharisee, but he’s also skeptical of Jesus’s claim of being the Messiah and having the ability to forgive sins. While they’re enjoying their meal, the sinful woman entered the party, found Jesus, and worshipped him. She did so by weeping at Jesus’s feet, washing them with her tears, drying them with her hair, kissing them, and anointing them with expensive ointment. Jesus, having the ability to know Simon’s thoughts, responded to him with a parable. Throughout this parable, it becomes clear that Simon’s skepticism is about to be crushed. Jesus demonstrates he has authority over sin by forgiving the woman of her sins and stating her faith has saved her.

Each of these individuals- Jesus, Simon, and the woman- have unique traits and responses to one another throughout this passage. Jesus has been invited by the type of person who is trying to have him arrested and killed. However, being invited to Simon’s house reveals that Jesus is approachable and flexible. He shows his willingness to interact with those who doubt him as Messiah in order to bring truth to the unbelievers. He is showing that he isn’t too busy to further the kingdom of God. Simon has invited Jesus over to his house to test him. Simon has the home-field advantage and likely plans to expose Jesus as a fraud. There are other Pharisees present at this meal, but Jesus isn’t afraid to face them or their difficult questions. He does what only the Messiah can do: delivers truth and forgives sins. Lastly, we have the woman who isn’t invited to the party as a guest but arrives to beg for scraps from the lavish meal. However, she disregards her role as a beggar of food to be a beggar of forgiveness. She seeks Jesus, and upon finding him, she humbles herself and worships. Jesus responded to her sins with grace and to her faith with salvation and peace.

What is your response to Jesus? Being a believer, you probably aren’t skeptical of who he is or what he does, but you may have a heart posture of skepticism about your role in evangelism. In the Pharisee, we see doubt and disregard for Jesus’s authority. In Jesus, we see approachability and warmth. In the woman, we see humility and faith. What do nonbelievers see in you?

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