Sunday, December 22, 2019

Donne: Jesus came in the fullness of time

Sunday, December 22, 2019
    Advent IV
    But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.
    —Galatians 4:4-5 (NIV)
    This was the fulness of time, when Christ Jesus did come, that the Messiah should come.
    It was so to the Jews, and it was so to the Gentiles too...
    Christ hath excommunicated no nation, no shire, no house, no man; He gives none of His ministers leave to say to any man, thou art not redeemed; He gives no wounded or afflicted conscience leave to say to itself, I am not redeemed.
    ... John Donne (1573-1631), Works of John Donne, vol. I, London: John W. Parker, 1839, Sermon III, p. 42,53 (see the book)
    See also Gal. 4:4-5; Eze. 33:11; Matt. 12:18-21; John 3:16-17; 1 Cor. 6:20; 1 Tim. 2:4; 2 Pet. 2:9
Quiet time reflection:
    No one stands outside Your offer of grace, Lord.
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