Did you ever wonder why God sent His Son as a baby? Why couldn’t he descend from heaven as an adult, do the work, and save mankind that way?
To answer these questions, we need to go back to the beginning…
When I was younger, I thought the story of Jesus began in the New Testament. As I grew older, I learned of the prophecies that foretold of Jesus’ coming in the Old Testament. It wasn’t until college that I learned that the first mention of Jesus goes as far back as the book of Genesis.
That’s right… Genesis 3, to be exact.
After Adam and Eve eat of the fruit, God speaks to the serpent, and He tells the serpent in Genesis 3:15 the following:
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.
The woman’s offspring points to the lineage that eventually leads to the birth of Jesus. And not only that, the woman’s offspring will “bruise” Satan’s head, meaning Jesus will overcome Satan.
Isn’t it amazing that God’s plan for our salvation was there from the beginning?!
So if we were to go back to the questions at the beginning of this post, the birth of Jesus is so important because it fulfilled GOD’S plan. Not just the prophecies. Not just what the angels foretold. But what GOD had in mind all along since the beginning.
As you celebrate Christmas with your family, friends, church, remember why the birth of Jesus is so important. It reflects Jesus’ humanity and humility, to be born into this world as a helpless baby. It fulfills God’s great plan to save us since the beginning. It reflects how great and sovereign our God is. And that is something to praise Him for.