Follow along for the 31 days of December and experience a new and exciting appreciation for the ancient Christmas story we celebrate today. The story of Jesus and the meaning behind the celebration of Christmas is woven throughout the entire Bible – from the beginning of mankind in Genesis to the resurrection of Jesus as told by the apostle John some 4000 years later.
Each day in December will be a new post that takes you through the Christmas story. So make some hot cocoa, curl up by the fire, and read about the greatest story told of all time… the story of God.
Day 1 – God’s answer to sin
I will put hostility between you and the woman,
and between your seed and her seed.
He will strike your head,
and you will strike his heel.
This is the first sign of hope that God gives us in the Bible. Adam and Eve have just rebelled against God, and sin is now introduced into the world and humankind. God curses Satan for it. “Your seed” refers to Satan and unbelievers who are called the devil’s children in John 8:44. “Her seed” refers to Christ, a descendant of Eve through the virgin Mary and includes believers in Christ. This first prophecy of a Savior to come says that Satan will strike Jesus’ heel, but Jesus will give the final blow to Satan’s head and destroy him.
Just prior to this prophecy in Genesis 3:13, God asks Eve what she has done. In verse 14, God curses the serpent, and just one verse later in Genesis 3:15, God provides a way for redemption and hope. God has never left us without hope, even when reading from one verse to the next in the Bible. Through all the suffering that sin has caused in our world, God always has and will continue to offer a way of hope for those who seek it.
May God touch your heart this Christmas and show you what His Hope feels like.
* Merry Christmas *
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