Day 5 | Hope for the Promised One
Reading: Genesis 3:14–15
When I think about Christmas, my mind races to Bethlehem. The manger, the angels singing above, and joy coming down from heaven fills the scene. Words like hope, expectation, vulnerability, meekness start to fill out the picture of what has taken place. Even as we talk to our children, we talk about baby Jesus. The whole event can have a very soft feel about it. But the Incarnation is anything but soft. When the angel appears to Mary in Matthew 1, he reveals that her baby’s name will be Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. This Jesus is a deliverer. He came for a conquest; he came to crush the head of the serpent and to deliver his people from his grasp.
We have hope at Christmas time because the baby Jesus was the Son of God on a conquest mission. He is the promised offspring of the woman in Genesis 3:15 that crushes the head of Satan. Jesus is the King who came to reclaim his people from the enemy—the incarnation was a rescue mission. Jesus accomplished this mission through his death on the cross, paying the full penalty for the sins of his people, and rising from the dead three days later, freeing us from the grip of the enemy. When we look at the manger, we see God’s promise fulfilled. He didn’t leave us to suffer the consequences of our sin; he sent the promised deliverer to save us. Hope in him.
Question: The incarnation is the beginning of a rescue mission. How does this change the way you think about Christmas?