The First Biblical Prophecy About Christmas

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel (Genesis 3:15 KJV) 

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Christmas, a fitting commemoration of the birth of Jesus, was first predicated in the garden of Eden after the fall—a prophecy without a prophet!

After pronouncing the divine sentence against Adam’s sin, the Lord lit a glimmer of light in the darkness that shone brighter and brighter until the first Christmas Day. He lit that light by giving His Word, an eternal, infallible divine promise to the fallen human race in Genesis 3:15, promising the coming of the woman’s seed that will bruise Satan’s head.

The words “her seed” were a hint that a child will be born by the woman, and that child will crush Satan’s head though Satan will bruise His heel (the cross). Thus, Genesis 3:15 is the first explicit prophetic word registered in the scriptures; it was unique because there was no prophet, as we know from Israel’s history. God spoke directly to Adam, who most likely relayed the promise to his children through oral tradition.

It is no accident that the first prophecy is about Jesus. First, the Bible is about Him, for “in the volume of the book it is written of me” (Hebrews 10:7, KJV). Similarly, in the last chapter of the Bible (Revelations 22), we find Jesus and the Tree of life, restating the themes of Genesis 3. Second, the first prophecy in the Bible is about Jesus because “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Revelation 19:10): the truth about Jesus is the substance of prophecy.

So the earthly divine preparations for Christmas began in Eden shortly after the Fall. 

Meditate

How did Satan and hell respond to this first prophecy?

Apply The Word

Christmas is a celebration of prophecy fulfilled, the faithfulness of God, and a reminder that Christ has crushed Satan’s head, as God said in Genesis 3:15. Celebrate Jesus! 

Pray

Thank the Father for His unchanging faithfulness to His Word. 

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