Only God could have orchestrated such a perfect plan — all to demonstrate His relentless, saving love to sinners like you and me.
FULFILLING PROPHECY RIGHT ON TIME
Read Daniel 9:24-27. Right on time, in accordance with the prophecy God gave Daniel about 600 years before, the Messiah was put to death for the sake of others. Counting down using the lunar calendar of Daniel's time, the 7 sevens and 62 sevens from Artaxerxes' decree to Nehemiah in 445 BC for the rebuilding of Jerusalem reveal that the Anointed One would die around AD 30. While there is some debate about how this calculation should be made, one thing is certain: Jesus Christ died on the cross, providing atonement for our sins right when God revealed to Daniel He would.
A STAR TO LIGHT THE WAY
THE ROMAN EMPIRE 27 BC - AD 476
Prior to the establishment of the Roman Empire, there were no great kingdoms in Europe. But by the time of Christ's birth, the Roman Empire had brought stability and peace to a vast area of Europe, North Africa, and Asia Minor, uniting up to a third of the world's population under one ruler.
THE SWIFT SPREAD OF THE GOSPEL
God used these historical circumstances of culture and technology to swiftly carry the Good News of Christ's redemption to the world.
Only God could have orchestrated such a perfect plan—all to demonstrate His relentless, saving love to sinners like you and me.
"But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship." – Galatians 4:4-5