December 21 – The Dragon-Slayer Is Coming
The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. 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.”
- Genesis 3:14 – 15
Like a loving Father, God warned our first parents about the consequences of sin. Nevertheless, they chose to sin. Because God is righteous and holy, he could have ended his story in Genesis 3 with judgment and death.
Thankfully, the Bible isn’t a short story of judgment; instead, it is a long story of God’s patience and kindness leading us to repentance.
In Genesis 3:15 we see God’s kindness on display as God preaches the gospel for the first time in his story. The gospel is that one day a woman will bear a son who will crush Satan. In crushing Satan, this son will be wounded, but he will not be destroyed. He will defeat Satan.
Jesus is the great dragon-slayer in God’s great story. He is the one born of a woman who succeeds were we have failed. He lived the life we were called to live. He died the death that we deserve and then he rose from the grave declaring his victory over Satan, sin, and death. Amazingly, for all those who trust in Jesus, God forgives our sins and gives us Jesus’ perfect righteousness as a gift. In other words, God completely rescues from Satan all who trust in Jesus.
So it is fitting to keep today’s reflection brief, because your time is better spent praising God for being kind and gracious to you. He has not dealt with you as your sins deserve. Instead, he sent Jesus the dragon-slayer to rescue and redeem.
A Moment to Reflect
What sticks out to you from Genesis 3:14 – 15?
Write out a prayer of praise to God for sending Jesus into the world. Share this prayer with a friend or family member today to encourage them this Christmas season.