Greetings to you all at this special time of the year.
Back in the time of Adam and Eve, Satan deceived Eve into disobeying God’s explicit command to not eat of the tree in the middle of the garden. It was God’s own tree called the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil”. This is what God said after telling them what they can eat of every other tree in the garden. Gen 2:17 “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that you eat there of you shall surely die“.
This was God’s own tree. Because He is the source of all truth and goodness, so to disobey Him is to create evil (and man is proving this constantly). The desire to be God is at the root of all evil. This desire was first found in Satan and he has passed it on to man through the disobedient act of Adam and Eve. The desire to be God is evident in Satan’s experience and now in man’s.
“How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ Isa 14: 12-14
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned. (Romans 5:12)
What then, can be done about this problem of “good and evil”.
It is God’s tree so He is the one who has the answer to our problem. He told Adam the answer was prepared and would come in due time.
And I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; it shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel. Gen 3:15 He was referring to the coming of Jesus who would be the propitiation for our sins. Jesus and His atoning work was and still is the answer to man’s problem with evil.
The December part of the year is the time that has been traditionally set aside to remember the coming of God’s Messiah, (this time is commonly known as Christmas), the one promised way back at the first judgement time when Adam and Eve opened the door for sin to enter the world. Jesus is the focus of the promise in the prophecy of Genesis 3 v 15.
The subject of the prophecy is specifically Jesus defeating Satan at the time of atonement (commonly refereed to as Easter) but of course for Jesus to take the sins of all people He had to come into this world.
Much is done over this time of the year that does not reflect the real reason for the season. For many it is merely a time for parting and holidaying. (I wonder if they know that the word “holiday” was originally “Holy Day”?)
It is really all about God’s answer to the problem of sin. “Missio Dei” God’s mission to this world. The world is eating the fruit of rejecting the the person of Jesus. We have exchanged peace for violence, selflessness for selfish ambition and so on.
English Standard Version 2 Corinthians 5 v 21
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God“.
You see, Jesus took our sin and offers us in its place His righteousness. Will you receive it by faith right now, for the righteous man shall live by faith? Romans 1 v 17. Say yes to Jesus and follow Him by faith.
May God bless you with the greatest present possible – peace with God by faith in the person of Jesus. Read further the narrative of the Gospel on one of our other posts.