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How did this idea of Christmas get started anyway? A good place to start is in the beginning,
Could it be that Satan believed that he now had won the loyalty of the first man and woman and would also control and rule over all their offspring? Future generations would do his bidding along with his fallen angels and eventually usurp the very throne of God. It sounds so convincing in Satan’s mind, however God is on the throne and the one deceived most of all was Satan.
The greatest and earliest promise of a Savior is recorded in Genesis 3:15, known as the “first gospel.” Here we are given the seed of hope for mankind and the promise of eternal victory over sin, death and Satan. This verse points forward to a time in human history when Satan will be utterly destroyed under the feet of the Seed of the woman.
Before that time there will be conflict and war between the followers of God and the wicked followers of Satan. However, there would be one primary seed of the woman which is Jesus Christ and one primary seed of the Serpent, the soon-coming “man of lawlessness,” II Thessalonians 2:30. This man is already defeated—though he has not yet appeared in human history—because the Seed of the woman crushed his head as he hung on the cross satisfying the just penalty for all sin. This “crushing” of the Serpent’s head is the destroying of the works of Satan and setting sinners free!
While Jesus appeared to be destroyed by the Serpent, which is what “you will bruise his heal” means, Jesus has power and authority over death and rose from the grave three days later. In addition to destroying Satan and death itself, it assures us of a future physical resurrection when Jesus Christ returns in the near future. As John 5 tells us, God’s people will rise to live forever and Satan’s followers will rise to be condemned.
Advent is about preparing for the birth of the only Savior, so on Christmas we can receive the greatest gift God can ever give—His Son and bring you into His family. Whose family do you belong? May we who are part of God’s family rejoice in his gift and introduce many to the reason for the Christmas celebration.