But when the fulness of time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons (Galatians 4:4-5).
Have you ever been at the right place at the right time? Have you ever been at the wrong place at the wrong time? As human beings our timing and sense of location are often less than perfect. This is not the case with our Savior.
Jesus is perfect in every way. He came to earth- in the fulness of time- the absolute perfect time. He always was, and is, and always will be at the right place. However, just imagine if Jesus hadn’t been there for the people he ministered to while here on earth.
Bartimaeus- in Mark 10 – would not have received his sight. The man with the withered hand- in Mark 3 – would not have been restored.The woman at the well- in John 4 – would not have had a testimony. The list goes on and on.
Remember all the times Jesus has been there for us- right place, right time. However, just imagine where we would be if Jesus hadn’t been there.
If Jesus had not been at Calvary, we would have no salvation. Revelation 13:8 refers to Jesus as “the lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” Jesus was there to reconcile us to God. The following verses reveal that He alone is the mediator of our salvation:
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time (I Timothy 2:5-6).
If Jesus hadn’t been in the tomb, eternal life for us would not be complete. He conquered death, Hell and the grave. I Corinthians 15:22-23 says, “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.” Due to Adam’s failure, death came into the world. Due to Jesus’ death and resurrection, we can have eternal life.
Finally, if Jesus wasn’t in Heaven, there would be no Heaven for us. John 14:1-3 gives us great assurance:
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Again, Jesus has always been, is now and will always be at the right place at the right time. We can rest assured that His timing will always be perfect.
Dave Snyder is an Ordained Bishop with the Church of God – Cleveland, Tennessee. Before entering the ministry on a full-time basis, he was a school teacher. He also coached middle school basketball for eight years.
Dave and his wife, Sara, have two children — Craig and Karen. They also have one ten year old granddaughter — Breanna.
Dave and Sara pastored in West Virginia for thirty-six years. Sara is now retired from the banking industry, and Dave is retired from pastoring. However, Dave currently serves as prison Chaplain for the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Writing essays, articles, and devotionals is a real passion for Dave. He also enjoys playing musical instruments and singing.