Genesis 5 is a list of names. For every beginning, there is an ending. The beginnings give us hope, the endings remind us of reality. But in Enoch we see something different… and he points us to a beginning that has no end.
Christianity didn't stop at the cross. Though physically absent, Jesus is actively present in his church in his leadership of it. Our active king gives us a strengthening, greater confidence and a deeper reliance all built on himself- someone who will not falter.
The idea of God becoming human to save us just sounds complicated. But Hebrews tells us Jesus had to, if he was going to save us. He became like us in every way, the whole shebang. Why? So he could 'get us' as our understanding high priest and so he could free us from the fear of death by dying our truly human death for us. What a saviour!
Everyone is searching for joy. Not just the fuzzy happiness of Christmas time, or the things in life which disappoint and melt like snow, but something more lasting, something that endures the tears of life. Where can we find it? Baby John, jumping in the womb for joy at the presence of Jesus tells us to call off the search: Jesus is real joy. And he brings us real, lasting, death defying joy by being our saviour.
Goliath stands against Israel and casts a shadow of fear. This burden needs to be shattered and the people set free. What we really need is a burden shattering Warrior King who will fight on our behalf.
When we trace back the idea of Kingship to its source we find a contrast of two kings. There is Saul, the King the people wanted and there is David, the King the people needed. This Christmas, let's not try and squeeze Jesus into the king we want, rather let's worship Him as the King we need.
It all looks pretty bad. The offspring of the snake (Cain) seems to have crushed the offspring of the woman (Abel). Now he sets about building a city. Here is the City of Man and it really doesn’t look great. But the hope of the world is to be found in the baby born at the end of the chapter.
What will Adam and Eve's children be like? Will they just repeat their failure? In Cain and Abel we see the two paths humanity can take. With Cain there's the tragic repeating of rebellion against God, generation after generation. But there is a choice for another way, the way of Abel. His is the way of faith in God which leads to acceptance. His blood cried out about the guilt of Cain. But the blood of Jesus cries out something better- our innocence and acceptance before God. The question...
Here is the first ever judgment day. A crime has been committed and now God acts to judge. He reveals that He is not some distant deity who doesn’t care. He is the immanent Judge who passes sentence on sin. There is a seriousness about this moment that cannot be ignored. But there is also hope that shines brightly...
Adam and Eve have eaten the fruit from the tree. What next? They instantly hide in shame. Hiding from each other and hiding from God is something we do to this day. What does God do? God seeks. And as he seeks us out in our shame we should be terrified of his judgement- we can't really hide. But we can come out of our hiding because Jesus came to seek and save the lost.