This Lord’s Day we begin our series on the incarnation of Jesus Christ. The Second Person of the Trinity, the Son of God became Man to live and die for His people. In our series, we will look at specific passages in the Old Testament that point to Christ’s coming. This Lord’s Day we will consider Genesis 3:1-15.
The passage comes to us in the early pages of Scripture. God has created man upright, and God has placed man into a perfect Garden with all of his needs met. He is commanded not to eat of the fruit of the tree in the midst of the Garden, but there is much other fruit available to him. Adam and Eve live in this perfect Garden, but the serpent tempts them to disobey God. Specifically, he tempts them to seek to be like God. And we know the rest of the story—Adam and Eve sinned and fell, and in Adam’s sin, we fell too.
Christmas is observed each year by people from many different countries. The great hope of Christmas is summed up in Matthew 1:21—“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” That is great hope, as the fall of man means that Adam’s descendants fell into sin with him. Paul makes this clear in Romans 5:12-21. If we stand in Adam, we stand without hope.
But Jesus has come to succeed where Adam failed. Jesus is the Second Adam. And as early as Genesis 3:15, that great hope is promised. That verse reads, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” This is in the context of the curse placed upon the serpent. There is one who will crush the head of the serpent. That is the promise made here to Adam and to the people of God. Jesus Christ is coming, and though He is the one who will have His heel stricken in His death, He is also the one who will triumph in His death and resurrection. He will crush the head of the serpent. We will consider this promise in more detail at worship this Lord’s Day at 5 PM at The Commons at St. Andrews Church at 8300 Kanis Rd in Little Rock. For directions, click here, or if you have any questions feel free to contact us. You can also watch on FacebookLive@RiverCityARP or on YouTube.
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