I’m sure yesterday we were in July, and yet, here we are in November. The Christmas decorations are up around the place. That was one thing I noticed on return from Japan, as I walked around department stores in early October. People (particularly those who work in retail) sure like to start planning early for Christmas.
I’m just the same. My latest sewing project has a festive theme to it.
It’s clearly not come to fruition yet, but it’s in the pipeline.
When it comes to Christmas though, that’s actually quite fitting. It was ‘in the pipeline’ for some time before the first one took place.
Lots of people know of the opening chapters of Genesis and how Eve ate the fruit and that she gave it to Adam to eat also. However, I think a number of people forget about the fact that Satan was hanging around in the Garden of Eden too.
There’s a spiritual conundrum for you. If it was a perfect place, how did Satan manage to get in there?
My opinion (in short) is that God granted him permission to go in there.
At any rate, Satan, in the Garden of Eden in the form of a snake, tempts Eve to eat the fruit, which she does. This is the first time a human has disobeyed God. Of course, there are consequences for sin and God comes and pronounces the judgement on Adam and Eve.
I think a fair few people would be aware of this, however, lesser so would be an awareness that the serpent and the ground are cursed in the process.
God pronounces judgement on Adam and Eve, but he doesn’t curse them. Many Christians believe this is because God doesn’t curse anything made in his likeness, which is what he did with humanity.
But he does curse the snake and this is what God says:
“Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head and you will strike his heel.”
There are a few things in the curse that are pretty obvious, eg: people and snakes not being too fond of each other. Yet the promise of the first Christmas is in there also, albeit, hidden and tucked away a little.
The woman’s offspring is referred to in connection to the snake. It’s a promise of the birth of a baby. A very important baby who would do battle with the snake. See? Christmas really was in the pipeline for quite some time.
We know it was that baby that was being referred to, because of what happened on the very first Easter. The baby became a man and dealt with the snake who lied to Eve and let sin come into the world.
Old Testament law states that “anyone who is hung on a tree is under God’s curse”.
Jesus was hung up high on two pieces of wood, effectively a tree. He took the curse on our behalf. That’s why Adam and Eve weren’t cursed. God hid the reason in a riddle to a snake.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter if I get my Christmas this year planned in time or not. God got his Christmas all mapped out, right from the beginning of time.
And his Christmas wasn’t just so we could eat lots of food or buy presents or relax. His Christmas was so that we could be saved.
Yours in Christmas tree making,