“In the fullness of time God sent forth His Son…to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons”(Galatians 4:4).


“All roads lead to Rome” was a phrase used to express the intricate network of roads under the Roman Empire during the time of the coming of Jesus Christ into the world. While this is a very interesting part of human history, it is even more remarkable when you consider that God chose this particular time frame in history to unveil the mystery of His redemptive plan for mankind.

Let us understand that “History is His-Story”. History is the stage that God uses to introduce “The Drama of Salvation”. Through the common language of Greek and common roadways it set the stage for the Good News of Jesus Christ to travel quickly along these roads. Long before electronics, radio, internet technology, etc. Men and women who had both heard and believed the Gospel carried along the Roman roads to other parts of the Empire while doing business.


Jesus was born during the time of the Roman Empire; a rule that proved very oppressive to the Jewish community in particular because of their desire to

freely practice their Jewish religion.

He was kept safe, away from the attempt by Herod to snuff out his life while a young child. A genecide, ordered by Herod fulfilled the words of the prophet, “Rachel weeping for her children which are no more”.

Joseph and Mary protected and raised Jesus during his early years. Jesus learned the trade of carpentry, being raised through early manhood in the town of Nazareth. This gives us a little insight into those silent years. He lived a normal, poor villagers’ life, among the common people. He experienced their hard aches, joys and struggles as a

normal Jewish young man. We also know from the scriptures that he had brothers and sisters, who only saw him as a normal “Older brother”. He was normal with out a glowing halo to point to his divine nature. The only hint recorded was when at the age of twelve he was found in the temple asking and answering questions among the religious leaders of his day. To Mary & Joseph, he replies “How is it that you did not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”


At the age of thirty, while Jesus came stepping into the Jordan to be baptized by John the Baptist, the silence was broken. It was broken in a two-fold manner. First in the earth, by John when he declared, “Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world!”(John 1:29). Again, the silence was broken from heaven. “As Jesus was coming up out of the waters of baptism, while praying the heavens were open and the Spirit descended like a dove and rested upon him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is My beloved son in whom, I’m well pleased'”(Luke)

The Father’s Affirmation

What that must have meant to the Lord Jesus we can only speculate. But in an age when there has been so much lack of “fathering”…Having His true Father’s affirmation would have been wonderful. Not only was it no doubt exhilarating but absolutely necessary for the trial He was about to pass through. He is about to be tested as never before in the Judean Wilderness.

The Father’s affirmation fortified him against the cold desert nights, the forty days of hunger, and the relentless pressure and temptation to deny his very soul’s existence…”If you are the Son of God…”(Luke 4:3).  Like never before we need to hear the voice of a father (and ultimately our heavenly Father) assure us of how much they love us as sons and are proud that we are their sons. Like the Lord Jesus, this must go beyond performance. It must help establish our true identity as sons of the living God, whereby we cry by the Spirit of God, “Abba, Father!”(Galatians 4:6)

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