THE JOY OF CHRISTMAS
The promise of a coming Saviour was first spoken of by God to the serpent in the Garden of Eden. The seed of the woman was to crush his head. Genesis 3:15.
Adam and Eve must have been overjoyed at the prospect of a promised Saviour. They had as yet no children, and the first thing they did when banished from the garden was to get on with being fruitful and increasing in number. Genesis 4:1.
But it was not to be that straight forward. Man had a lot to learn. Salvation comes at a price and redemption is very costly. "No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him - the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough - that he should live on for ever and not see decay.” Psalm 49:7-8.
No, it could not be just anybody. It had to be someone very special. "For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given.” Isaiah 9:6. "When Christ came into the world, He said ...a body You prepared for Me; ... I have come to do Your will, O God." Hebrews 10:5-7.