Christmas was from the Beginning
I. The Past Problem
Adam lost the perfect standing he held because of his sin. God had given him an explicit warning about disobeying. Genesis 2:15-17
And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
II. The Promise Genesis 3:15
“And 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.”
“Her seed…” This is the first reference to the Virgin Birth. Her seed, not his seed. Genesis Chapter 3 presents the final outcome of the struggle between good and evil. God will ultimately win out over The Devil.
III. The Plan – Emanating from the Promise in Genesis 3:15, God will send His Son.
Isaiah 7:14, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
“But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” Galatians 4:4,5
IV. The Purity Virgin Birth. Not just a young woman, but a young woman who had never known a man in any intimate way. Luke 1:26-35,
26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And the angel came in unto her, and said , Hail , thou that art highly favoured , the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be . 30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold , thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be , seeing I know not a man? 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
Galatians 4:4, says, “God sent forth His Son, made of a woman…”
V. The Purpose Galatians 4:5, “But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” Galatians 4:4,5
The great mystery…the great purpose was for God to buy back, to redeem what Adam lost in the Garden of Eden. “To redeem them that were under the law…that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Many think that the law started when the Ten Commandments were given to Moses. However, the law for Sin and Death was given in the earliest of times in the Garden before there had ever been a sin committed. “for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”
Years ago I attended a revival meeting and the evangelist speaking of Adam and Eve’s disobedience said, “I don’t know why God didn’t just pinch their heads off and start over.”
That seems like a logical question or reasoning on the part of that evangelist, but when you look at the matter more closely you realize that God couldn’t start over. When God created Adam, He created him perfect. God could not have started over and made a better Adam. Impossible. Do you not think God would have devised a different plan other than one demanding His own Son would have to die? Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son was the only way that sin could be paid for. John 3:16.
Conclusion: Jude 1:24,25,
24 “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, [be] glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever . Amen.”
So you see, what we call Christmas…The Birth of the Lord Jesus Christ…really was from the very beginning. God knew what He would have to do to redeem Adam, the first man. He would send the Second Adam (the Last Adam, I Corinthians 15:45), His only begotten Son. His Son would be the Lamb of God slain from the foundation of the world. Revelation 13:8
Remember the greeting and announcement John the Baptist gave the Lord, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” John 1:29; Romans 5:12-19
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