1. His TIMING was Perfect because it was in the Fullness of Time.
  2. His NAMES were Perfect because they reveal we deeply need what only God gives.
  3. His PLAN was Perfect because it was God with us.
  4. His PROMISES were Perfect because they were the culmination of ALL PROPHESY.
  5. His RECEPTION was Perfect because He was found by all who were looking for Him.
  6. His TRADITIONS were Perfect because all the season points to Him.

Thus the world that cradled Christ was the world that Christianity entered - and by God's definition was the Fullness of Time: It was characterized by six things:

  • Worldwide Citizenship
  • Worldwide Language
  • Worldwide Transportation
  • Worldwide Peace
  • Worldwide Moral Decline
  • Worldwide Expectancy

In short order, let me demonstrate this:

  1. God picked a time when there was global citizenship/language - Acts 16:35 And when it was day, the magistrates sent the officers, saying, "Let those men go." Why? Paul was far from home and in dire straits. So he used his rights as a citizen to help the church get started at Philippi.

He had no real home but heaven. Look again at Acts 22:22 And they listened to him until this word, and then they raised their voices and said, "Away with such a fellow from the earth, for he is not fit to live!" But citizenship had its price. The empire began to puts its emphasis on Emperor (2) worship. It was the religious expression of the unity of the State which was seen in the empire, especially Caligula (A. D. 37-41) and Domitian (81-96). The Emperor ranked as:

  1. "God and sovereign Savior of human life" (so already Julius Caesar),
  2. "God's son" (Augustus),
  3. "Lord and God" (Domitian),
  4. "High Priest," "Savior of the World" (Augustus, Claudius, Nero),
  5. "King of Kings."
  6. His decrees were called "gospels" (good news),
  7. His letters "sacred writings."
  8. His arrival was termed a "parousia" (advent),
  9. His visit an "epiphany."

Through all this a clash with early Christianity was unavoidable. It was the chief ground of the persecution of Christians; and at the same time the empire of the first century became a type of Antichrist's empire of the End time (the 'beast", with the "names of blasphemy" on his heads adorned with diadems. Rev. 13:1). "And yet even this imperial will was subject to the will of the Most High.

From the center of the Mediterranean world there issued an order, affecting nations, the census decree of Caesar Augustus (Luke 2:1). But in the light of God's Word it was by the hand of the Lord of all Lords. God was about to fulfill an old prophetic word concerning a very small city in the land of Judah, the small city of Bethlehem Ephratah, the city of David (Mic. 5:2; Luke 2:1-7). Here verily the great and the small touch, and in the small the Greatest of all!!"