15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Genesis 3:15
The birth of the Jesus is the miracle of Christmas spoken of over the years. A virgin conceived and gave birth to a child, a medical impossibility, and hence a miracle.
However, the miracle of Christmas did not start with Mary. To understand this we simply need to look at Jesus’ genealogy in Matthew 1. Jesus’ genealogy began with Abraham.
Mary was the womb that was selected to cradle the Savior of the world, but a long line of women, gave birth to a seed that eventually led to David and finally to Jesus the Seed of the woman.
In Genesis God promised Satan that the seed of the woman would bruise his head Genesis 3:15. This was the first reference to the coming Messiah, and it is funny that this promise was a threat to Satan, fulfilled upon the death and resurrection of our Savior. The seed of the woman. Galatians 4:4 confirms that God’s Son was born of a woman
The first in line was Sarah. Talk about a medical impossibility. Old, having passed child bearing age and infertile, Sarah actually laughed to herself when she overheard the Lord tell her husband she would give birth to the promised child at more than 90 years old.
11And Abraham and Sarah were already old and well along in years; Sarah had passed the age of childbearing. 12So she laughed to herself, saying, “After I am worn out and my master is old, will I now have this pleasure?” Genesis 18:11-12
Sarah’s laughter was not one of joy having heard such wonderful news, but rather, her laughter was one of unbelief. Her laughter actually echoed that of Abraham in Genesis 17:17 when God first delivered that same message to him. It is no wonder God said the child they produced be called Isaac meaning laughter. Genesis 17:19. Each time they called his name, they would remember the graciousness of God towards them
The next time Sarah laughed, she said the world would laugh with her, for she gave birth to the promised child, the one through whom the covenant between God and man would be established.
6 And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me. 7 And she said, Who would have said unto Abraham, that Sarah should have given children suck? for I have born him a son in his old age. Genesis 21:6-7
Sarah’s disbelief had turn to pure joy and pride. “Who would have said unto Abraham that Sarah should have given children suck”? It was impossible, but the Lord asked in Genesis 18:14 (AMPC) “Is anything too hard or too wonderful for the Lord?” Jesus expanded on this in Matthew 19:26. The answer is a resounding “No!” The child lying in Sarah’s arms is evidence of what God can do. What is impossible with man is possible with God.
Sarah said all that hear will laugh with me, and indeed we should. For God would establish an everlasting covenant with Isaac and his offspring for generations Genesis 17:19. Isaac would give birth to Jacob who would sir the twelve tribes of Israel, including Judah, the linage through which the Messiah would come into the world.
The birth of Isaac, like that of Jesus was the first miracle associated with Christmas.
Prayer: Father, we thank You for the miracle of Christmas which started many years before the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We thank You for the women, who were faithful and obedient to the call on their lives. May we always be available to be used by You to accomplish Your will and purpose here on earth. Amen