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Let’s pause to reflect on the magnitude of God’s mercy and grace.  His gift of sacrifice didn’t start at the cross.  It was predestined from before the foundation of the world and was proclaimed in Genesis 3:15 when, after the fall of man, the Lord God said to the serpent:

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)

This is commonly referred to as the proto-evangelium—the first announcement of the gospel. It is the first revelation of God’s mercy and grace in His plan to rescue and redeem man. It is also the first prophecy in the Bible and promises the cross, victory over sin and death, and the coming Messiah, the promised seed Who will accomplish it. God promised to send a Saviour, a rescuer, and He fulfilled that promise with the birth of His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. 

From the time when Adam sinned and broke his communion with God, the perfect shalom (peace) that God created was shattered.  But God had a plan, and with the incarnation of Jesus, He began to reveal His plan.

The Incarnation

Pause and ponder the wonder of Jesus’ birth.  He came into this world as a baby.  Deity transcended time and space and entered into humanity. The King of kings humbled Himself and entered into our poverty.  Rejoice in God’s gift that brought Light into a dark world. And consider how God’s plan to redeem man became a reality.

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