And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. (Genesis 3:15)
CHRISTMAS IS ABOUT MY SINS AND THE CROSS. The Calvary Adult Choir sings about Christmas and the cross in their Messiah Highlights. Follow their link at the bottom of this page to enjoy it.
THE LAMB WAS SLAIN BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD, in the mind of God. He was slain before the first Adam and before the first atom. Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, (1Peter 1:18-20)
The theme begins in Genesis and talks about the seed, the Lord Jesus, who will born into the world.
CHRISTMAS IS ABOUT THE GREAT WAR BETWEEN GOD AND SATAN (Genesis 3:15). Satan will attack Jesus and all of God’s people like a serpent waiting along the path.
A woman in Tennessee told me about being bit on the foot while working in her garden. Every year about that time, the old scar would flare up and cause pain for several days. Another woman told me about being bit with a copper head on the foot while getting into her car. My Great-Grandfather Richards died from a rattlesnake bite. The feet are a common place for snakes to bite us. It is also true that if you want to kill a snake, you must crush its head.
When Jesus was on the cross, God laid upon Him the iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53:6). Satan bruised His heel. Satan was an indirect contributor to the wounds of Jesus. Jesus will one day deal a final blow in crushing the head of Satan and cast him into the lake of fire. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: (Matthew 25:41)
Christmas in Genesis is in Genesis 3:15. Some call this verse the “first Gospel.” After Satan had deceived Eve into sin and Adam knowingly followed her example, God came to visit them. They had hidden from God the best they could. God called them to account. Adam blamed his wife and Eve blamed the serpent. So, God cursed the serpent, pronounced sentence upon Eve and then pronounced sentence upon Adam.
God distinguished between two seeds: Satan’s seed (Satan and his followers) and “her seed.” (Christ, a descendant of Eve and those in Christ by faith. If you are in Christ, you are in that seed.)
Jesus called the devil and his followers, “the devil’s children” in John 8:44. The woman’s offspring is Christ who would bruise Satan’s head on the Cross. In bruising Satan’s head, Christ’s heel was to be bruised. He was wounded, even unto death but when He rose from the dead it proved that his wound was temporary. Thus, His heel was wounded.
“Paul, in a passage strongly reminiscent of chapter 3, encouraged the believers in Rome, "And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly" (Romans 16:20). Believers should recognize that they participate in the crushing of Satan because, along with the Savior and because of His finished work on the cross, they also are of the woman's seed. For more on the destruction of Satan, see Hebrews 2:14-15; Revelation 20:10.” (Bible Knowledge Commentary)
McGee makes these comments: “This verse reveals the fact that now there is to be a long struggle between good and evil. This is exactly what you will find in the rest of the Scriptures. The Lord Jesus made this statement in His day concerning this struggle: "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it" (John 8:44). "The devil" is Satan.
“The Lord Jesus Christ made the distinction between children of God and children of Satan. John again mentions this conflict in 1John 3:10: "In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother." Thus we have brought before us the fact that here is a conflict, here is a struggle, and here are two seeds in the world. There will be the final victory—but the long-continued struggle is important to note. Every man must face temptation and must win his battle. What does it mean to be saved? It means to be in Christ.
“Man was one of three orders of creation: angels, man, and animals. Animals were given no choice, but man and angels were given a choice. Here you have, if you please, man's choice. He has made a decision, and he is held responsible for the decision that he has made.
Notice that it says "her seed." It does not say the man's seed. Here is at least the suggestion of the virgin birth of Christ. When God went into that garden looking for man, He said, "Where art thou?" Any anthology of religion tells the story of man's search for God. My friend, that is not the way God tells it. Let's tell it like it is: Salvation is God's search for man. Man ran away from Him, and God called to him, "Where art thou?" Dr. W. H. Griffith Thomas in his book, Genesis, A Devotional Commentary, makes the comment that "it is the call of Divine justice, which cannot overlook sin. It is the call of Divine sorrow, which grieves over the sinner. It is the call of Divine love, which offers redemption for sin." We have all of that in the verse before us—the promise of the coming of the Savior.
God's search for man is pictured all the way through Scripture. Paul wrote, "… there is none that seeketh after God" (Romans 3:11). The Lord Jesus said, "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you …" (John 15:16). And we can say with John, "We love him, because he first loved us" (1John 4:19). God seeks out man, and He offers man salvation, but there is going to be a long struggle that will take place.” (McGee)
This whole page is all about Christmas. It’s so much more than a tree and glitter and presents and Christmas carols. Christmas is about our sins and Jesus paying for them on the cross and rising from the dead in three days. Ω
Read Through the Bible in a Year
NOVEMBER 28, 2017 - TUESDAY
A.M Ezekiel 40 P.M 1 Peter 5
(Bible Gateway will read this to you if you like. Look for the speaker icon.)
A Good Verse to Memorize:
And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. (Luke 24:27)
Song for Today:
Messiah Highlights (3:25) (Calvary Adult Choir – Sou. Pines, NC)
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