Do you know where the very first verse in the Bible that mentions Christmas is found? It is found in Genesis 3:15 where God is speaking to Satan after Adam and Eve’s fall into sin. God says to Satan, “And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel” (Genesis 3:15).
You say, are you sure Christmas is in that verse pastor? You might have missed it because the name Jesus isn’t in the text, but he is there nonetheless. Jesus is the “seed of the women” who would one day make his entrance into this world in a most unlikely fashion.
As the centuries rolled on, Satan kept winning victories and God kept raising up men and women who would continue the godly line on the earth. I like to think of this verse as the top of a wide funnel. When the promise was given, no one could have imagined the coming Jesus Christ. The “seed of the woman” simply meant that he must be member of the human race. But after the flood the line was narrowed to Noah’s descendants, then later to Shem’s descendants, and later came to rest on one man–Abraham, the father of the nation Israel. Then to his son Isaac, to Isaac’s son Jacob, to Jacob’s son Judah. Centuries later the line was narrowed to the house of David. Finally, some nine centuries after that, the line came to rest on the firstborn son of a virgin named Mary. What started with the whole human race has narrowed to just one man–Jesus Christ.
He didn’t come in the usual way; he came by means of a virgin birth. No one before or since ever entered the world as he did. Thus, he is the ultimate “seed of the woman” since no man was involved in his conception.
* When God wanted to save the world, he didn’t send a committee; he sent his Son.
* When God wanted to say, “I love you,” he wrapped his love note in swaddling clothes.
* When God wanted to crush Satan, he started in a stable in Bethlehem.