I hope you will join me in the 31 days of December, to take a look at the Christmas story and season in a slightly different way. Jesus and the true meaning of Christmas are woven throughout the entire Bible – from the beginning in Genesis to the resurrection of Jesus as told by the apostle John some 4000 years later.
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. Adam and Eve have just sinned by rebelling 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 descendent 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.
In verse 13 of Genesis 3, God asks Eve what she has done. In verse 14, God curses the serpent, and in just one verse later in Genesis 3:15, God provides a way for redemption and hope. God has never left us without hope! It is evident even when reading from one verse to the next in the Bible. Through all the suffering that sin has brought into our world, God has always and will continue to always offer a way of hope for those who seek it.
I pray that God will touch your heart this Christmas and show you what His Hope feels like.
* Merry Christmas *