January 2 – The First Gospel

Read: Genesis 3 and Galatians 4

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 3:15 ESV)

In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, Abba! Father! So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. (Galatians 4:3-7 ESV)

Adam and Eve’s sin brought a curse upon creation, and in that moment God revealed to them a promise for the future Messiah, Jesus. 4,000 years before the birth of Christ he was promised to come and bring about an eternal victory over the schemes of the enemy.

There is great comfort for the soul in knowing that a life lived with, by, through, and in Jesus is free from the slaving sin of this fallen world. All of us have sinned. All of us have missed the mark. But Jesus came in the fullness of time to set it right. To make us right. To restore, to seek, and to save all that had been lost.

Placing your faith in Jesus means placing your faith in the God who knows your tomorrow, forgives your yesterday, and abides in your today.

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