Have you ever wondered why Christ had to come to earth? The Christmas story this time of year usually begins in a manger (no room at the inn), with Mary and Joseph, the baby Jesus as Mary’s first-born son, shepherds watching their flocks by night, angels praising God and pronouncing a Savior is born, wise men coming from the East to present gifts, and while this is beautiful and ‘is’ the Christmas story, it’s not ‘all of’ the Christmas story. If we leave out the part for why Christ had to come in the first place, we’re not telling the complete story; we’re not giving the complete picture. What if we looked at Christmas and start at the beginning; at Creation, one of the most foundational doctrines of our Christian system of thought?
For it is the Creation account, and Adam and Eve, and their fall into sin, and God’s solution, that gives us the reason for why Christ had to come.
It starts with the historical account of God creating everything that is (both heavens and earth, visible and invisible), in the space of six normal 24-hour days. Christ Himself is the agent in Creation (John 1:1-3, Col. 1:16). Adam and Eve, as real, historical people and the progenitors of the whole human race (everyone alive or dead in all of human history were descended from this first couple) were created on Day 6. At the end of Day 6, Christ’s Creation was perfect (no sin, no death, no pain or suffering, no bloodshed or disease, no decay or destruction) in all the created order (Gen. 1:31).’ God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was ‘very good‘. God then rested on the seventh day, blessed it, and sanctified it.
So what happened? Well, you know the history. Adam and Eve transgressed the commandment of God not to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:17), committing sin. Disobedience to God is sin. Adam and Eve disobeyed. We refer to this as ‘the Fall‘. As stewards and pinnacle of this beautiful Christ-created world, there were consequences to the sin of disobedience. Notice the interaction with God by Adam and Eve in verses 9-13 of Genesis 3. How does God handle this disobedience? He institutes ‘the Curse‘; a curse on both man and woman(Adam and Eve), the ground, the animals, and the Serpent (Gen.3:14-19). We learn from Romans 8:19-22 that this ‘Curse’ affected the entirety of Christ’s created order. There was nothing left untouched and unaffected. We are still under this ‘Curse’ today, thousands of years later.
This leaves us in a very dire predicament, does it not? What was God to do? What ‘did’ God do? Well, He graciously provided a solution out of this morass with a promise. And what was that promise, God’s solution and the basis of the Christmas story we celebrate today? Look at verse 15 of Genesis 3. He promised Eve a Seed that would crush the Serpent’s head. It was the Serpent that deceived Eve in the first place, wasn’t it (Gen. 3:1-5)? God now tells her that a Seed would come from her that would crush the Serpent’s head. She thought it was Cain. Notice the language of Gen. 4:1 where Eve says: ‘I have gotten a man-child; the LORD’. Her theology was correct, but her application was wrong. She realized this, for in naming her second child, she called him Abel, from the Hebrew word habal which means to ‘act emptily’ or ‘become vain’, as a ‘breath’ that whiffs fleetingly away. And so who is this promised Seed, if not Cain or Abel? Galatians 3:16-19 gives us the answer. The promised Seed is Christ.
It is in Christ that our Christmas story through the eyes of Creation finds fulfillment. He is the promised Seed of Gen. 3:15. He is the suffering Servant of Isaiah 53 that was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities, chastened for our well-being. He is the solution to the ‘Fall and Curse’, Himself becoming a curse for us, to redeem us from the curse of the Law (Gal. 3:13). It is in Christ becoming man that first Christmas morn’ which gives joy to our celebration. His name Jesus (God saves) is the hope for all mankind in every corner of the globe to set things right that went terribly wrong at the beginning.
Inspiration for this post and credit due to: http://creation.com/telling-the-christmas-story-from-creation
Adios y vaya con Dios mis hijas,
Dear ol’ Dad