Advent is a special time of year for the Church universal. During this time of year we do not merely celebrate, or remember, or rejoice over a baby and manger, we celebrate, remember, and rejoice over the incarnation of God in the Person of Jesus Christ. For the One who cried out in the manger was also the same One who cried out on the cross “It if Finished!” I am aware that with the coming of yet another Christmas holiday comes different attitudes and struggles, so I want to be mindful of that as we begin. We are not all at the same place, and we are not all coming to this season with the same heart.
Regardless of where you’re at this Advent the incarnation of God is good news to you, and we all ought to be reminded of such things. Peter does this well. 2 Peter 1:13 says, “I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder…” and then in 2 Peter 3:1 he says, “I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder.” So Peter’s aim in writing his letter is largely our aim this Advent. I want to remind you of glorious truth, and by reminding you I am asking God to stir you up your heart and mind to a fresh worship. I desire us all to gain new illumination of the truth of historic revelation of God through the incarnation of His Son.
Therefore our sermon series through Advent this year is called, “Dawn is Here.” Three Sundays and a Christmas Eve message all focused, centered upon, and aiming at portraying the rising anticipation of the coming of the Son of God. Before Jesus came it was night, and though it was night God has given us glimpses of the coming King who would bring the dawn with Him. Today the glimpse we’ll see is found in Genesis 3:15. In dealing with this verse today I want to do three things: set the stage, examine the verse, and feel the weight of the consequences that flow out of it.