I don’t know about you, but this is the time of year when my calendar starts to fill up. Back-to-school nights, extra-curricular activities, in-services, family visits, meetings, etc. occupy once vacant spaces.
At first, it is a great feeling to have some things on the schedule “to-do”, but the more full the schedule becomes, the more it feels like a gauntlet. That gauntlet creates tension and stress because you now realize that there is less room for something that really matters; you.
So the calendar becomes our master. It rules over us. Each obligation met is simply another obstacle overcome. It takes the joy out of living.
The calendar, clocks, mobile devices and the clock in our cars become reminders of our slavery. In a very real sense, time becomes law. It expects, demands and even condemns (think of being late for dinner!) for failure to fulfill its commandment.
Yet, there are times we wish we had more of it. More of it with a loved one. More of it in self-reflection and self-restoration. More of it spent doing things you and I enjoy. Vacations just don’t seem long enough.
Eventually, we all run out of it, though.
It is into this slave-driving world dictated by time that the Son of God was born. think of that. The God-man was born on a certain date at a certain time. The Eternal God did this to rescue you from the clutches of ‘Father Time’.
It’s hard to comprehend this, but the God who created time became subject to it. He was born, went through puberty, and became an adult. The Scripture says he “grew in wisdom” (Luke 2:52). His life was cut short by those who executed him on a tree sometime around 30 A.D. The clock ran out.
After His death, though, Christ Jesus was resurrected. He was victorious over the grave. For forty days, Jesus ate with, spoke to, touch and was touched by His disciples. Jesus was in overtime. And overtime is a great place to be. He wasn’t suffering any pain. He wasn’t struggling with fear. His body is not subject to decay or death anymore.
Now, the author of time is Lord over it. Time does not determine His days. His joy is real, and He is really looking forward to sharing this joy with us.
So, the next time you look at the calendar and lose heart over the gauntlet that is before you, remember your savior has lived through His own gauntlet and came out the other side victorious over it at the cross. Time is Jesus’ slave now.