12/2/13

Joy of Christmas: Day Two

Christmas is so much more than presents, trees, lights, and childhood.

We would all agree that Christmas is about Christ. Yet, we only focus our study on a small part of who Christ is during this Christmas season. We only talk about mangers, starts, angels, and a baby. He is so much more than that! We sing about and talk about the joy that comes with the Christmas story. But why is it so joyful that Christ was born?

Inspired by the Jesse Tree Advent book**, I am going to do a 25-Day series focusing on

finding joy in Christ!

Joy of Christmas: Day Two

The First Sin

No one likes to talk about sin.  You may be wondering what SIN has to do with joy and Christmas anyway.  Sin, however, started it all.  Genesis 3 records that first sin.  Adam and Eve had sinned and God had confronted them, but He also had a plan. 

Genesis 3:14-15 says
"So the Lord God said to the serpent:
“Because you have done this,
You are cursed more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the field;
On your belly you shall go,
And you shall eat dust
All the days of your life.
 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.”

This Seed is Jesus.  We have the promise from the very beginning that God had a plan to save mankind.  Jesus would redeem us.  We were guilty.  We broke God's law.  A price would have to be paid.  That price was death.  Death is what we deserve.   Jesus is our salvation from death. The Joy in Christmas is that JESUS paid that price of death on the cross. Joy comes from knowing that Jesus is the Seed promised thousands of years earlier.  He is the Seed that crushed Satan's head and defeated death. 


**Note: A simple google search will give you several options concerning the devotions and ornaments associated with the Jesse Tree.  This is a site that I like: HERE