December 24

I have heard the phrase, “From the cradle to the grave …” when talking about a guarantee or a warrantee for a product.  I cannot speak for you, but I have not found many companies that actually held up to the promise of covering something from beginning to the end.  Tomorrow we will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.  He was born in a manger, but what He did from that moment forward is what really makes Him special.  I love to look back at the manger, and the trough that provided the cradle for Jesus.  There is much that I have thought about with the symbolism of the King of all kings being born in a manger, and being laid in a common feeding trough for animals.

Today I do not want to focus there, but I want to focus where God was focused since Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden.  In Genesis 3:15 God promised the Devil that there would be a “death-blow” that would come to him through the “seed of the woman.”  The promise God gave that day when Adam and Eve sinned, was that there was a Redeemer coming for mankind that would ultimately defeat Satan, and the sin he had introduced to mankind.  The manger was not the “death-blow,” neither was the cross.  The event that defeated Satan once and for all was the empty tomb!

The psalmist wrote about it this way: “But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for He shall receive me. Selah” (Psalm 49:15).  Paul wrote this: “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Corinthians 15:55-57).  When Jesus Christ rose from the grave, the final “death-blow” was issued to Satan.  He has known his fate is sealed from that moment until now.  He has done all he could to deceive and lie to the people of our world to draw as many into Hell with him as possible ever since.

You and I have a great reason to celebrate the birth of Christ.  The reason is that He is the only man in the history of the world to have lived, died, rose from the grave and to live forever.  The great news is that He is called the “firstborn among many brethren.”  I get to be a part of that “many brethren,” and so can you if you know Him.  He is my Savior.  The promise that God gave the Devil in Genesis 3:15 was also a promise to us that God had not abandoned us altogether.  It was a promise that the cradle of Jesus was only the beginning, and that the grave could not hold us any more than it could hold Jesus!  Praise God today for a risen Savior!

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