As we reflect on the birth of Jesus this season, the journey takes us back to the very origins described in Genesis. In those primordial moments, the Spirit of God hovered over the waters, speaking order to the disorganised chaotic mess that existed. He organised, arranged and made them functional (Genesis 1:2-3).
Mankind, crafted in the divine image, was entrusted with the stewardship of the earth in a paradisiacal garden (Genesis 1:26-28).
The serpent, a symbol of chaos in Ancient Near Eastern thought, disrupted this idyllic scene, sowing doubt by questioning God’s wisdom to Eve. Her disobedience led to expulsion from the garden, fracturing the relationship between humanity and the divine (Genesis 3:1-6).
Even in this challenging moment, God had a master plan for mankind’s redemption.
John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life, instead of being utterly destroyed.”
The birth of Christ was a pivotal moment, not just as the incarnation of God but as the climax of a divine plan to redeem humanity from sin’s consequences (Matthew 1:18-23). In this act of redemption, we witness the fulfillment of prophecies and the unraveling of God’s intentional design to rescue humanity.
This Christmas, remember that the story beginning in Genesis, finds its fulfillment in the birth of Jesus, who became the embodiment of redemption—a bridge between the divine and the fallen, showcasing God’s relentless pursuit of reconciliation with His creation. You truly matter! You are loved!
By Anne-Marie Francis