“But when the fulness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law…” (Galatians 4:4).

While most scholars place the birth of Jesus between 7 B.C. and 2 B.C., the church has never been certain of the specific date of Jesus’ birth. The fourth century saw Western Christianity adapt December 25 as the designated day to celebrate the birth of Christ while Eastern Christianity embraced January 6. Others still, because of the differences in the Gregorian and Julian calendar, celebrate Christmas on January 7. Whatever the date might have been, what we know for certain regarding the birth of Jesus was that, providentially, the fulness of time had come. The time was just right for the Messiah to come into the world. It was a Divinely appointed moment in history.

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