23 Days - Genesis 3:15
Happy Advent season!
This advent season I will be creating little devotionals that will prepare us all for Christmas. Why does Christmas exist and is Christmas really real? These devotionals will be verse studies on prophecies that foretold Jesus’s birth and ministry. Can we prove Jesus existed and that the celebration of Christmas is real? Dang right we can. Will that help you believe and follow Him? I don’t know, up to you. While these devotionals will help you in your relationship with God they will also be a little history lesson, so be prepared to learn something new today! Pour yourself eggnog, sit by your Christmas tree, and grab your Bible and a journal. Happy Christmas season!
My prayer for you this advent season is that these devotionals will teach you of the depth of the Good News of Jesus Christ. My prayer is that you will take the time to read these devotionals, investigate them, and even research these verses yourself. I pray that you make time for God amongst this busy Holiday season, diving into prayer, study of the Word, and remember what Christmas is all about.
Alright, alright, alright here we go! The first prophecy of Jesus Christ. One of the first reasons as to why Christmas exists. Here we are in the first Book of the Bible, third chapter, fifteenth verse:
"And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” Genesis 3:15 NKJV
Go ahead right now and read the whole account of Genesis chapter 3: The Temptation and Fall of Man.
As soon as Adam and Eve fell into sin, God had a plan to redeem them. Satan caused Adam and Eve to fall into sin through temptation and God's response was to save Adam and Eve by crushing their Deceiver. God created a redemption plan to raise a Savior from Eve's seed to destroy satan. Satan will bruise His heel, but the Savior will bruise his head.
Take a moment to see God's beautiful mercy and grace: Eve sinned against God but He said in that moment that He will use her to bare a man from her seed who will come to defeat sin for all time, bruising their enemy. In God's grace came redemption and great blessing. Just because you've sinned against God doesn't mean you can't be used by God. Eve, despite her past sin, went on the be the "mother of all living" (Genesis 3:20).
So let's see what this means for Christmas:
"The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work." 1 John 3:8
The reason Jesus came to earth was to destroy satan's work which existed from the very beginning of man! The second the devil tempted Adam and Eve causing them to fall into sin, was the same second that God created a redemption plan. It has always been God's plan to save us from sin so that we may have eternal life with Him (John 3:16), so that we may live in communion with Him during all our days...so He created a Path for us. Although sin drives a wedge between us and God, God sent a Bridge.
Christmas isn't just the time for gifts, eggnog, and Hallmark movies, it's a day that celebrates God's redemption plan to destroy the devil's work by saving us from the eternal punishment of sin. Sin births death. But if you follow Jesus, and open the door to His knocking, you choose life: "'Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me" (Revelation 3:20). Christmas is a day to celebrate the birth of a King who has bruised the heel of our deceiver and gives us life and life everlasting!
1) What does sin mean to you?
2) Write down the definition of the word redemption. How do you see redemption being played out in the Bible?
3) Write a prayer to God thanking Him for sending you His Son. Ask Him to reveal to you the truth of Christmas. Take some time in silence after praying and listen to Him. Any words, thoughts, or ideas that are impressed on your heart in this quiet time, write it down. To confirm those words are of God, check them to Scripture and the fruit of the Holy Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Faithfulness, & Self-Control.