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Excerpt from Why the Butterfly? Rightly Remembering Jesus

During this hectic time, take a few minutes to  pause and 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.

The Incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ

The Father’s sacrifice for His children began with the incarnation of Christ. And, oh, what a sacrifice it was! Jesus left the heavenly realm and entered into our world. He took on human flesh and become one of us.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given…and his name shall be called Wonderful…  (Isaiah 9:6)

Ponder the wonder of Christ’s birth and rejoice in God’s gift that brought Light into a dark world. Consider how Deity transcended time and space, and entered into humanity. When Jesus, the Lord of Glory, humbled himself and came to earth; when royalty, the King of kings, entered into poverty.

Christmas is a Time of Wonder

Recall the words of the popular Christmas carol that proclaims, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” The word “wonderful” is defined as full of wonder, or wonder filled.

When you consider the incarnation of Jesus Christ are you filled with great wonder? Do you remember it with the same awe and reverence that Easter evokes? Or, has the wonder of Christmas been overshadowed by too many family and social gatherings, holiday festivities and traditions? Has Christmas become a time of busyness and stress?

Many of the holiday activities can eclipse the wonder of God’s sacrifice, given to us when Jesus became a man. So let’s remember that first Christmas day and put the “wonder” back into our hearts.

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Excerpted from:  Why the Butterfly? A Book About Rightly Remembering Jesus, pg 49, available at WTB_slide

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