Daily Reflections

The Forbidden Fruit and the Manger

December 4, 2022 Betsy Gómez

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light. —Isaiah 9:2

When Adam and Eve sinned, it turned light to darkness, fullness to poverty, and communion to loneliness. Nothing could repair such a horrible evil; no human being could be cleansed of the wickedness of sin.

Yet God shone a ray of hope amid the darkness when He addressed the serpent: “I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel” (Gen. 3:15).

When the enemy thought he had won, God announced He would provide the solution to the problem of sin! This promised Savior would come from the seed of the woman, because He would be conceived by a virgin. God Himself would come to repair all that sin had destroyed.

If we want to appreciate the light that shone through the birth of Jesus, we first need to consider the darkness that reigns in the heart of man. When we truly understand that sin left us spiritually dead and separated from God, we will value the arrival of Immanuel, God with us.

Make it Personal

Take time to meditate on the truth that God took the initiative to bring you out of the darkness of sin into His light.