Minister’s Forum: Christmas views from the Garden of Eden
Our message takes us to Luke 2:11. These words are probably, apart from John 3:16, the most familiar words concerning the birth of Christ. “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior which is Christ the Lord.”
“A Baby’s hands in Bethlehem were small and softly curled, But held within their dimpled grasp the hope of half the world.” poet Leslie Savage.
I’m going to use the word “why” throughout the rest of this article.
Why did the angel introduce Christ as a Savior? The why takes us back to the Garden of Eden. Genesis 3. Genesis means beginning. It introduces us to mankind’s disobedience to God’s command. It also introduces us to the nature of sin brought about by the disobedience of man. Man’s life was to be limited by obedience, God’s law being the standard of life. The third chapter introduces us to the shed blood of innocent animals to clothe the nakedness of Adam and Eve. This event is a shadow of the shed blood, sacrifice and atonement of Christ on the Cross. His death on the cross provided man the forgiveness of sin upon man’s acceptance of Christ as his Savior.
Why didn’t God accept man’s attempt to cover his nakedness by sewing the fig leaf upon his person? Man’s nakedness cannot be covered through his own effort. Ephesians 2:8-9. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourself; it is the gift of God. Not of works lest anyone should boast.”
Why did God say to the serpent, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman. And between your seed and her seed. He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.” The seed of sinful man would pass on to all men. However, the seed of woman does not carry the stain of sin. That is why Christ was born of a virgin as announced in Isaiah 7:14. “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” God also told the serpent, who was energized by satan himself, He shall bruise your head.” The death of Christ on the cross and subsequent resurrection sealed forever the power of satan, who will be cast into the Lake of Fire. “And you shall bruise His heel…” refers to the sufferings, and death of Christ on the cross ending his Earthly life. Proverbs 28:13 gives man of today a warning. “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper; but who confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”
Without a Savior, the angel spoke in vain.
Without a Savior, the shepherds worshipped in vain.
Without a Savior, the wise men made a trip for nothing.
Man needs to get the baby out of the crib and worship the Christ of the cross. We need to get Jesus out of the manger and into the hearts and lives of those who are yet sinners and need salvation.
The Apostle Paul writes, “Faithful is the saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ came into the world to save sinners.”
– Thurston Ott is pastor of Snowcross Baptist Church.