DAY 1 |
THE FALL AND HOPE
Scripture Reading: Genesis 3:1-24
As we prepare to reflect on the birth of Jesus, we cannot ignore the reason for which He came. It is important to ask, why would God send His only Son to Earth? Along with the Holy Spirit, the Father and the Son existed, and continue to exist, in perfect harmony with one another. What was God’s plan in sending His Son?
When we go back to Genesis, the first book of the Bible, we see God’s creation of man and woman, humans who were made in God’s image and meant to live in union with their Creator. As we read, we quickly learn that this union was broken by the disobedience of Adam and Eve; the fall of man. Adam and Eve fell out of a right relationship with God and were face to face with their own sin, shame and brokenness for the first time. This is now true of us; we often live in fear and shame over our sins being revealed.
The truth is that God has already seen all of our sin, and he has offered divine grace to us. That is what Christmas is all about. Jesus was born to live a perfect life on Earth and to die for our sins on the cross. Christmas is a divine rescue mission!
God promised Adam and Eve that there would be One who would come to forever strike the head of the serpent and conquer evil and death in this world. As we look toward Christmas Day, we look to the hope that Christ died for our sins, and we believe in Him for forgiveness and redemption. One day, we will live forever in the presence of God, by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Today, we can already worship Jesus as King, Rescuer and Conqueror.
1. What is the primary reason Jesus was born? Why is it important to first realize why Jesus was sent to Earth before anything else?
2. What are some ways the birth of Christ gives you hope this Christmas season?
3. Who is someone you could invite to Christmas on the Moon with you tomorrow (12/3)? Invite them directly if you have not already!