For centuries, God had promised the world, especially the Jews, a Messiah to come and save the world– and then came Jesus.
The prophets had long ago died off, with silence from God for 400 or so years. The Jews had begun to wonder if He would ever come – and then came Jesus.
Women had no rights in the Jewish world, and not many more under Roman rule. The Greeks held women in higher esteem than any others at that time, but certainly not to the level that we do in the Western world today. A Jewish woman had no rights of divorce, of employment or of political office. She was virtually a slave in her own country, exploited by men for their own pleasure and needs. Equality of the sexes was unheard of – and then came Jesus.
When Jesus came, He fulfilled the promise of God for a Messiah, a Christ who would liberate us from our sins.
When Jesus came, he finalized the law, became the great prophet, priest and king, and became the Word of God who dwelt among us.
When Jesus came, He overpowered the gods of Rome, tore down the strongholds of Satan, eliminated the needs for sacrifices in the temple in Jerusalem, and brought hope to a hopeless people.
When Jesus came, He demonstrated the power of God over diseases, poverty and demons. He set the captives free, healed the sick, raised the dead, and caused the blind to see.
When Jesus came, He made women full members of the human race, elevating them to an equal status with men, and made them full members into His kingdom. “There is neither Jew nor Greek; male nor female, slave nor free man, but all are one in Christ Jesus.”
When Jesus came, He tore down the idols that had enslaved mankind, revealing in His own person the very nature of the Holy God, His own heavenly Father.
When Jesus came, He revealed to us the Father and exemplified the Father’s love for us in giving His Son Jesus to take our place on the cross.
But that was in the past – then came Jesus. He was then, and is now, the promised Messiah. In spite of not meeting people’s expectations, He is still the long-expectant one. If you missed Him, don’t lose heart, because Jesus isn’t coming just once. He’s going to come again. And the next time He comes it will not be as a lamb, but as a conquering King; he will not be born of a virgin in a stable somewhere, but will come with the masses of heaven, riding on a great white horse, coming in the clouds to rule with a rod of iron. When Jesus comes, He will crush the wicked and place them under His feet, because when Jesus comes, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord.
When Jesus comes, He will take us to the place He has prepared for us, a place where there is no sadness, no grief, no pain and no death; a place where God Himself will wipe away the tears from our eyes, and we will live with them forevermore. When Jesus comes, He will restore all things as they once were, never again to be destroyed by sin and corruption. When Jesus comes, He will take His church to present her spotless and blameless to His Father. When Jesus comes, the graves of those who are asleep in Him will be opened up, and we will rise to meet Him in the air. When Jesus comes, sin and death will be destroyed, Hell will be sealed up and we will reign with Him forever.
In the fullness of time, Christ Jesus came to be the Messiah, but He was much more. He was the fullness of God in bodily form; he was, and is, the king of the ages, the creator of the universe, the bright and morning star, the prophet, priest and king; He is the one who holds the keys of death and Hades, the destroyer of sickness and death. He is the great equalizer, the one who destroys racism, sexism and every inequality. And when all things are ready, God the Father is going to say “Go get my church,” and Christ will come to take us home to be with Him forever and ever!
In the fullness of time, Jesus will come again.