There is always great excitement when one’s child begins to speak its first words.  The writer of the Hebrews records a conversation between the infant child and the Heavenly Father. It took place on the night that God in the flesh entered the human race.  “Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, 'Here I am — it is written about me in the scroll — I have come to do your will, O God'" (Heb. 10:5-7 NIV). God had once again demonstrated His faithfulness to the angelic beings and to mankind that His spoken Word is always fulfilled.  The birth of the Savior promised in the Garden as the “seed of the woman” had come to fruition in the “fullness of time.”  God was not willing to have His creation remain alienated from its Creator. The Apostle Paul presents Adam as the federal head of the human race and in doing so writes to the churches in Rome … “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned—for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come” (Rom. 5:12-14 NIV).  Such was the desperate state of man in the Garden … “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved” (Eph. 2:4-5 NIV). The pre-incarnate Christ came into the Garden and Adam and Eve accepted by faith the good news that God would provide a Savior through the substitutionary death of the Innocent Lamb for the sins of the world.  The ritual worship of slaying an innocent animal on behalf of sinners was a continual reminder that a day would come in which God’s promise of Immanuel, God with us, would become a reality.  And so it was on that first Christmas that God’s greatest gift to mankind was given.  It was a night of great rejoicing in heaven and on earth. God’s promise to Adam had become a reality -- a demonstration of His unfathomable love … “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten [uniquely born] Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting [eternal] life” (John 3:16 KJV).  Tidings of great joy resounded in heaven and earth, but among the demonic angelic realm hostility reigned because of the sure knowledge that God was not slack concerning His judgments against Satan and his angels.  The curse pronounced on the Adversary in the Garden could not be altered.  All the satanic efforts to stop the virgin birth of the Savior had failed. Their doom was sealed with only one option left -- that of preventing the Cross on which the Lamb of God would pay for the sins of the world.  But though all demonic forces were mustered to prevent Christ from going to the Cross, God’s Plan of redemption was fulfilled and on that Cross the penalty of sin was paid in full for each individual who would ever live in human history.  This was God’s free gift to mankind. However, it could be rejected … “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13 NKJV).

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