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GOD’S WORD FOR DECEMBER 14 ~ ~ Ephesians 1:3-4 ~ ~ “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: according as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.”

The story of Christmas begins with the beginning of the work of the Son of God. And His first work is recorded in Genesis chapter 1. The story of His love for us that led Him to give up the glory, beauty and perfection of heaven to come to our dirty, dusty, pain-filled world begins not in Bethlehem, or even in the Old Testament prophets, who predicted so many details of His life and death on earth. We must go to the beginning of His story.

The cross of Golgotha stands firmly planted in Genesis chapter 1. Even before the creation, Christ’s pain and suffering was planned by the Trinity. Ephesians 1:4 above, reveals that even before the foundation of the world God’s plan of salvation was already in place. Before the Triune God created the universe, before He created man, the plan was intricately planned within it all.

Just as Jesus’ robe had no seams, and was woven of one thread (prompting the Roman soldiers to fulfill prophesy by casting lots for it instead of ripping it), so the entire plan of Creation was woven of one thread—–salvation of man from his sinful nature, and giving him a perfect place with his perfect God. To remove the beginning of the story of the Word and His work in Genesis is to remove the foundation on which His work of salvation stands.

Christmas isn’t the beginning of the story of the man Jesus. Jesus interacted with His people all throughout the Old Testament. He was usually called the “Angel of the Lord” or the “one like unto the Son of God” Christmas is one part in the ongoing love story of an eternal God for His people and His creation, and we are a part of it if we have received Him as our personal Lord and know that He died for our sins.

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