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The First Good News

By December 2, 20178 Comments

The very first prediction of the Messiah in the Hebrew Scriptures is found in Genesis 3:15, a verse that has historically been called, The First Good News.” Since advent season began yesterday, I thought we should take a look at it. And surprisingly, it does NOT predict the birth of the Messiah, but something quite different.

You would think that the first messianic prediction of the Hebrew Bible, or the Old Testament, would be about the birth of the Messiah. Not so! When we look at the Hebrew Scriptures and discern what the prophets foretold about the coming Messiah, we see that the very first prediction of Messiah’s coming is about His death.

After Adam and Eve succumbed to the Serpent’s temptation, God gave the very first promise of the Messiah. In Genesis 3:15, speaking to the power behind the Serpent, God says, “I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He will strike your head, and you will strike His heel.” This predicts that one day, a descendant of the woman, the Messiah, would strike that Serpent on the head, delivering a death blow. At the same time, the Serpent would strike the Messiah on the heel. The kind of serpent described in this passage always bites with a deadly blow. This verse is saying that in defeating Satan, the power behind the serpent, the Messiah would also die. And that’s exactly what happened.

When Jesus died for us, not only did He take the punishment we deserved, but in dying, He also defeated the enemy of our souls. Hebrews 2:14-15 says that Jesus became a man so that “through His death He might destroy the one holding the power of death–that is, the Devil–and free those who were held in slavery all their lives by the fear of death.” Because Jesus died and rose again, we don’t ever need to be fearful, either as we live life in difficult times or even if we are facing death.

This Christmas season, let’s remember that Jesus was born to die. The good news is that in His death, He defeated death and in His resurrection, He gave us new life. For those who trust in Him, that is the best Christmas message ever.

8 Comments

  • Avatar Charlene and Alan Meakes says:

    Thank you for this wonder full reminder of the plan of God, in place from the beginning, for our redemption. May we always see Calvary in Bethlehem and be encouraged to share what He has accomplished for us by His advent.
    May our world wake up in the midst of all the commercialism now veiling the day, to see the real gift and gift giver of Christmas, and worship Him.

    I appreciate your sharing from God’s Word, often with the insight and beauty of a Jewish perspective. This is so helpful for this Gentile believer. My family have benefited greatly from the insight gained.

    Blessings at Christmas to you, your family and ministry team.

  • Avatar Jeff Hallel says:

    Thanks for the insight.

  • Avatar Carolyn Stockland says:

    Thank you Michael for this reminder, Just read this this am. Praying you and Eva have a Blessed Christmas. I am right now listening to your voice on WMBI. Blessed!

  • Avatar Carla says:

    Awesome promise. Thank you for the reminder!

  • I always understand the bible clearly when I listen to Michael rydelnik thank you and God blessing.

  • Avatar Debbie Deal says:

    For all who get caught up in the sad over commercialization of the beautiful season of Christmas, remember this…..no has has enough money to buy the best gift for each human being who has lived, who has died, who is living at present and who will be born-the best give ever to be given, is the gift of Jesus . The virgin birth of God’s own son in a lowly manager in Bethlehem. And how his life ended nailed to the cross to give US each and everyone who accepts and loves Him in our heart, and accepts his gift of repentance of all our sins, if we will but follow Him. And the gift is eternal. So remember this season, when money is quickly running short, when you think there needs to be more gifts under the tree, and you’re counting presents to make sure everything is “fair”………it’s only a temporary present, that will probably be forgotten about by July. Christmas is not about the gifts. It’s about the manger scene you hopefully have set up in your home. And the sooner you teach your child/children that lesson, then you have given that child the most cherished and valued gift he or she could ever receive.

  • Avatar Nancy says:

    Given these facts, then why is it that Mary of Nazareth is depicted with HER foot crushing a serpent?

  • Avatar Diane Aubrey says:

    I trust in The Lord Jesus Christ. Merry Christmas

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