How God Prepared the World for the First Coming of Christ
Dr. J. Vernon McGee
But when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. (Galatians 4:4, 5)
In amazing ways God prepared the world for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. The world consciously and unconsciously entered into God's plan. The four corners of the civilized world were made ready for His coming. Oh, I know they forgot to put the welcome mat out, and they went so far in one quarter as to even put up a sign that read in effect: "Keep off this world." The world then and now is saying, "Go home, God, we don't need You."
However, four great ethnic divisions of the human family were made ready for the first coming of Christ. First, the nation of Israel; second, the Oriental races; third, Greece; fourth, Rome. Each one of these performed its particular part in the coming of Christ into the world. Each one had a separate mission. When they all are fitted together, you can see that there was a pattern and a design on the part of God when He sent His Son into the world. It was when the fullness of the time was come that God sent forth His Son. He prepared the world for the coming of His Son. And when we look back over the centuries and see that there is one design and one pattern, it should make the most skeptical, cynical person become a believer in Him. Let's consider these four different divisions of the human family and see how each was prepared.
Look at Israel first because it is easiest to see. There is so much of Scripture that deals with the nation Israel in God's plan. Israel has special significance in the coming of the Savior into the world. Kurtz, the great German historian, said, "Judaism prepared salvation for man, and heathenism prepared man for salvation."
The Lord Jesus Christ said to the Samaritan woman at the well, "Salvation is of th ...
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