I recently read a blog post by Dr Ray Pennoyer, in which he shares "the entire Christmas story in one verse." That verse (actually two verses, but one sentence) is Galatians 4:4-5.
But when the
time had fully come,
God sent his
born of a
those under the law,
that we might
receive the full rights of sons.
I don't know what made that time in history the right time, but from God's perspective, it was the right time. He himself, God, sent his own divine Son, to be born of a human woman (Jesus was both human and divine). Jesus came to a world that was under the law, and we all are under the law. Romans 2:15 tells us that even unbelievers who do not have the law have the requirements of the law written on their hearts. But Jesus came to redeem us from the law so that we would no longer be slaves to the law but sons and daughters of God!
No wonder the angels sang at Christ's birth! No wonder despised shepherds ran to the stable to see this Jesus, then told everyone what they had seen! No wonder kings from afar traveled a great distance to pay homage to this King! No wonder we still celebrate his birth! No wonder we still fall at his feet in worship and offer him our lives! Such wonder!