After Adam and Eve sinned against God, God spoke judgment on the serpent who had tempted them to sin. God said, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” This is the first prophesy of the messiah in the Bible, the first promise that God would send us a savior.
The savior would be an offspring of the woman—a human being, just like each of us. God would use a human being to redeem humanity. This reveals that God made us for glory. He made us in his image that we might reflect his glory. In our sin, we clothed ourselves in shame, but God, by his grace, was determined to restore our glory.
He began this process by proclaiming that the hero of human redemption would be a man. Human beings would not just be associated with sin, shame, guilt and misery. A human being would fulfill God’s most glorious purposes and receive a name that is above every name. He would earn the right to occupy the highest place of honor in the universe—- to sit at the right hand of God in heaven. That human is Jesus. Our shame is taken away and our glory is restored when we believe in him.
But Jesus is not just a man. He is the eternal Son of God, who became a man for our salvation at the first Christmas. As the book of Hebrews says, the eternal son was not ashamed to call us brothers. He became one of us to redeem us. As the Christmas carol proclaims, “veiled in flesh the Godhead see” and also “pleased as man with men to dwell, Jesus our Emmanuel.” The greatest honor human beings have ever received is that God was willing to become one of us. When we believe in Christ, God shares his glory with us by his grace.
This is the 3rd sign of God’s grace revealed in Genesis chapter 3 on the very day we rebelled against God. God’s love is shining brighter and brighter as we get closer and closer to Christmas.