It all started with a birth.

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©

But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.
(Galatians 4:4-5 (NIV))

God is amazing!

Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
So the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,
“Cursed are you above all the livestock
and all the wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.
And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
(Genesis 3:13-15 (NIV))

Through the serpent, a woman sinned. Through the obedience of a woman, the serpent is doomed!

The birth of Jesus is the fulfillment of the words recorded in Genesis, for Jesus is the offspring of woman. He crushed the head of the serpent when He defeated sin at the cross.

It all started with the birth that we celebrate at this time of year. Jesus was born under law, a perfect, sinless existence that allowed Him to be the atoning sacrifice to save us from our sins. It started with the birth of a child born in pain to a woman who suffered the consequences of sin.

God is amazing, for He chose to redeem the world from the consequences of sin and the law not through earthly kings or heavenly signs, but through one man born of a woman.

For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man
(Romans 8:3 (NIV))

That is the amazing thing about God’s grace. It all started with a birth. A birth of innocence and power.

Merry Christmas!

Copyright 1998 – 2009 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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