Daily Advent Devotional 12-3-19

Christmas in Genesis
By Rev. Emmanuel Afful

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

How do you handle those who offend you? Are you able to make provisions for healing, forgiveness, and reconciliation? It blows my mind, as I discover in Scriptures, the richness of God’s love for all of humanity.  

Many Christians are very familiar with how Adam and Eve disobeyed God and the consequences of their actions. But, I wonder how many are aware of the display of God’s profound love and grace right there in the garden. Even in the midst of disappointment, God made a way for Adam’s descendant to be released from sin. Right there in the garden, God made a promise of redemption through the Seed of the Woman. Wow!

God declared to Satan that the Seed of the Woman––who is Christ, The Messiah––would crush his head. This is the first prophecy of the Messiah, and the fact that it was pronounced in the context of the rebellion leaves much to be desired. God did not waste time to make His intention of salvation known. He did not delay in making provision for the deliverance of His people.  Certainly, He did not delay in making the enemy know his final condition. The journey to Christmas, I believe, started in the Garden of Eden. 

Christmas is a reminder of how God desires to forgive and redeem those who sin against Him. It is an invitation to receive God’s gift of forgiveness, no matter how terrible we may feel. Behind the sight, sounds, excitement, and celebration we are invited to ponder on the generosity and grace of God to liberate us from the domain of sin. 

Now, this truth excites me, but more so, graces me to offer a hand of reconciliation and forgiveness.

PRAYER: In the glory and spirit of Christmas, grace me to desire reconciliation and forgiveness, where needed. May I seek the opportunity to make it right with someone in this season.

PROMISE: My grace is greater than your sin and mess.