The Christmas story celebrates the coming of Christ. The whisper of Christmas resounds throughout the history of humanity. We hear the promise of the wondrous movement of God’s grace in our world at Christmas through the host of prophets speaking with one voice since the very beginning of time. God has promised, and He fulfilled His promise with the birth of Jesus Christ.
We hear the whisper of Christmas at the beginning of humanity’s history. When Adam and Eve chose sin over intimacy with God, the curse of sin coursed through creation. God’s grace, however, was not undone. As He spoke to the serpent, He spoke of His grace that would come at Christmas.
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.” (Genesis 3:14-15, NKJV)
God promises the victory of grace through the Messiah to come (“her Seed”). Even though humanity had rebelled against Him, God’s glorious grace promised and purposed ultimate victory through the coming of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. The Messiah would crush the serpent, even though the serpent would strike at His heel. The crushing of the serpent is the victory of God’s grace through Christ. The striking of the Messiah’s heel is an allusion to the suffering of Christ on the Cross which purchased victory for believers.
Today, we celebrate the victory of God’s grace in our hearts in the birth of our Rescuer. Before Christ came, the world shivered under the cancerous, chaotic canopy of the devil’s power. We no longer live in the doldrums of darkness created by sin. In His grace, God shattered the shadows of sin with His life-giving light through Jesus. The bells of heaven resound in victorious song, for Jesus has come to crush sin’s venomous power with His triumphant sacrifice.