From Eden to the Incarnation

Christmas Eve is tomorrow. Many will spend time with family enjoying finger foods, dinner, delicious desserts, and exchanging gifts. As you prepare for the crescendo of the Christmas season over the next two days, think about the original promise of our redemption.

“…He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” – Genesis 3:15

The shame on Eve’s face is countered by the hope felt as she touches Mary’s belly. The picture captures well the hope of redemption. From the birth of Moses to the birth of Christ, the devil tried to stop our rescue. From Pharoh to Herod, the devil thought he could kill the promised Messiah. Even at the cross, the devil thought he had won, but no one takes the life of the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world; He freely lays it down to redeem God’s chosen.

At the birth of Jesus, the angels proclaimed, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased.” The thief on the cross who acknowledged his sin and guilt with very little life left was promised that He would be with Jesus in paradise. This is the grace and mercy of our God. It is the manifestation of the promise that Jesus would crush the head of the serpent and bruise his heel by the blow.

Death has no victory or sting in the life of the one who has received the gift of eternal life. If you have not received God’s greatest gift to humanity in His Son, there is no better time than the day before Christmas Eve. There are no particular words you need to say; just acknowledge your sin and need for redemption. Surrender to Jesus Christ, ask Him to save you from sin, and walk with Him from this moment forward.

If you aren’t going to church, find one so you can be taught the Bible and develop relationships with other Christians. Read the Bible daily and pray. Share your struggles with God because He cares for you. 

Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of year. As you celebrate with family, friends, and a Christmas Eve service, thank God for sending His Son to take on flesh and redeem you and me from our sin.

Joy to the World, the Lord is come!

Let earth receive her King;

Let every heart prepare Him room,

And Heaven and nature sing,

And Heaven and nature sing,

And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the world, the Savior reigns!

Let men their songs employ;

While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains

Repeat the sounding joy,

Repeat the sounding joy,

Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

He rules the world with truth and grace,

And makes the nations prove

The glories of His righteousness,

And wonders of His love,

And wonders of His love,

And wonders, wonders, of His love.

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