Advent: The Promise (Genesis 3:15)

ww41Last week we looked at why we celebrate the Advent season and why Jesus needed to come to earth in the first place. The problem of sin and the Fall remind us we fall short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). We deserve the consequence of death and eternal separation from God because of our sin. Yet, while we learned Jesus came to be the solution to the problem, this is not an unexpected event. Jesus does not show up in the pages of the New Testament from out of nowhere. The Old Testament is full of prophecies and promises that point to Christ. Moreover, immediately following the Fall in Genesis 3, we are given this promise of a Redeemer.  God did not leave Adam and Eve with no hope. Yes, they would have to reap what they did by pain, toil, and death but God did not leave them in the dark. Instead, in His mercy and grace, God gave them and gives us a promise. Speaking to the Serpent, who is Satan, our God declared, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:15).  There are a couple of interesting things to take note of here. First, there is this one Seed for which God’s people will be redeemed and reconciled to God. From Genesis 3 on, there is an anticipation of who this Seed is. The narratives in the Old Testament cause us to ask the question concerning the characters, “Could this be the seed?” We find out, though, each one fails in some way. Nevertheless, we do see how they point to Jesus. A second consideration from Genesis 3 is the promise of defeat for the devil. Think about it: which one is a more defeating blow: a bruise to the head or a bruise the heel? The devil might have hoped victory was in the bag when Christ was on the cross but Jesus was going to fulfill what God had promise and serve the fatal blow but rising again and, as we wait, and coming back again. So, remember, while we do feel the presence of sin in our lives, we do have the promise of a Redeemer who has power over that sin and has saved us for Himself.

Reflection Time:

  • How does the promise of Redeemer affect your life when you fail and fall into sin?
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