Today is the first day of Joy to the World: Christmas throughout the Year. There are 25 devotionals, specifically written for December 1st through Christmas Day. They will help you get in the true Christmas spirit, realizing the real meaning of Christmas–Jesus came to save us. As my gift to you, I want to offer you a FREE copy. Just click right here for your FREE DOWNLOAD (please share link on your social media).
I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.
As soon as Adam and Eve had sinned against their Creator, God announced Christmas—not just as an event that would eventually happen, but as a glorious victory on behalf of mankind. Unless we go back to our very first parents, back to the Garden of Eden, we won’t understand the essence and meaning of Christmas.
God had created a perfect world and on the sixth day He made Adam and Eve: “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth’” (Gen. 1:26). They were created in God’s likeness and given a honorable mandate—to rule over His creation.
Not long thereafter, they were tempted to overthrow God and His word—seeking independence from the One who sustained their lives and being. God had clearly stated to not eat “of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil . . . for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Gen. 2:17). It wouldn’t only cause physical but also spiritual death, being separated from God in time and for eternity.
God’s enemy, the serpent, tempted them by saying: “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Gen. 3:4-5). The desire to be in charge, not having God over them, was certainly very appealing. They fell for his bait and the hook went deep into the heart of mankind. Instead of gaining freedom from God, they became slaves of his enemy. Instead of ruling over God’s creation, they became subject to sin, corruption, and eventually death.
Was all hope lost? Would there be any reversal of these devastating consequences? Would man ever regain the beauty of God’s likeness and operate within God’s mandate? God promised a Savior who would reverse the destruction of sin, restore man in God’s likeness, and have him rule over His creation once again. That is what Christmas is all about!
The Devotional Writer