Devotion for Saturday after the First Sunday in Advent

 The Lord God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this,
cursed are you above all livestock
and above all beasts of the field;
on your belly you shall go,
and dust you shall eat
all the days of your life.
I will put enmity between
you and the woman,
and between your offspring
and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.”
~ Genesis 3:14-15

This is the first Messianic prophecy in the Bible. Immediately after the Fall, as soon as man sinned, God offered salvation. The ESV says “he shall bruise your head;” the NIV says “he will crush your head.” Jesus will crush, destroy, demolish, obliterate, eradicate that ancient serpent, called the devil, Satan, the deceiver of the whole world. Jesus was promised from the moment the world needed a Savior. He came to earth, died for our sins, and rose to glory. He will come again—we know not when, so we must be ready all the time.

Lord God, Your time is not our time. Your plan has played out over millennia, but it is being carried out on Your schedule, not ours. Yet we know that Your promises are true and will be fulfilled. Just as promised by Old Testament Messianic prophecies, Jesus came to earth to take on our sins and our punishment. And just as promised in the New Testament, Jesus will come again in glory to judge the world. Help me to see past this short life on earth to look forward to eternity in Heaven with You. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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