And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself…, Daniel 9:26.
The portion of Scripture from Daniel 9:24-27 is controversial, with many views as to what the “70 weeks” mean, who “Messiah the Prince” is, etc. Our purpose here isn’t to enter into all this, but just to look at one verse, Daniel 9:26.
The reference to “time” in the post’s title isn’t referring to the time of year, as in December 25, but to “the time” in God’s purpose. Redemption isn’t just some haphazard, quickly-thrown-together result of “an emergency meeting of the Divine council,” as one writer put it. Though we may not, indeed, do not, understand all that is involved, redemption is a carefully thought out, carefully constructed answer to “the sin problem” we mentioned in the first post. Ephesians 3:11 refers to the eternal purpose which He [God] accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord….
As far as December 25 is concerned, that’s probably the one day of the year we can be certain was not the birth date of our Lord. It was more likely June 25 than December 25.
Paul put it like this, …when the fulness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son…, Galatians 4:4. Luke 3:15 tells us the people were well aware of “the time:” Now as the people were in expectation, and all reasoned in their hearts about John [the Baptist], whether he was the Christ or not,… He wasn’t, of course, but the point is that the people were looking for the Messiah. They were looking because they knew that Daniel said that it was “time.” It’s true that they had no understanding of what the Lord Jesus came to do, but they were still looking for Him.
They thought He was coming to free Israel from servitude to Rome and to set up the kingdom promised in the Old Testament. But it wasn’t “time” for that kingdom, cf. Acts 1:7. The Messiah had come to be “cut off,” to redeem Israel and his “other sheep,” John 10:16, from a far greater servitude than to Rome. He came to save His people from their sins, Matthew 1:21.
As we celebrate Christmas, may the Babe in the manger, and all the things that accompanied that, remind us of the lengths God went, and was willing to go, to answer our sin problem.