The message of Christmas is a message of fulfillment. The time was right, and it came to be. Some factors at the time were more favorable than they ever had been or would be again for centuries. God’s will was, and is, for our well-being. And it was all by God’s plan. Let us never forget that, even though those are some clever catch-phrases sometimes used to disguise the ugly motivations of some people.
This is the beginning of the fulfillment, and more will be. In fact, it continues to this day.
We hear the story of the three temptations Jesus faced in the desert, but how often have you taken a real look at them. This was an eye-opener for me.
Each one of his temptations is of the same nature as a temptation most of us could face at some time in or lives. The challenge is to recognize it and face it! And some forms of these temptations can be really appealing.
We all face temptations. The question is what we do with them.
While the Epistle speaks some of what was as opposed to what is now, the Gospel gives us a prophecy by Jesus of what to expect and what to do. And he also promises that that generation of people alive at that time would not pass away before it came to be! So, what gives?
In some other places in the gospels and elsewhere, there are clues to solve that riddle. Those who wish to sit and wait for something that is “coming”, nobody will stop them. But what about the rest of us?