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December 18, 2000

The Stuff or The Solution

Genesis 3rd Chapter: 14
And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed
above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou
go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 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.

One thing God is showing me as a father is how good a Father He really is.
An example of this was the first time Veresia caught a cold. She was about five
months old and it took everything she had simply to nurse. While nursing, she
would gasp for air from time to time because her little nose was stopped up.
After struggling nursing, she would fall right off to sleep. During those rare
occasions when she was not nursing or sleeping, she was simply miserable, and
it was easy to see that she was really suffering. It was during one of these
rare occasions when my heart cried out to God, "Please take this off of
her and give it to me!"

A few days later at church I had a chance to talk to one of our members who
is a father of five. He asked me how was the family, and I told him that we all
were fine, but Veresia was battling a cold. He then said, "you know when
they get like that you just want to take that thing and put it on
yourself." At that moment I got the revelation: Out of Veresia’s sickness,
I saw our Father who wanted to take our infirmities and our transgressions and
put them on Himself. This is what our text deals with directly — the coming of
our solution.

Our scripture comes from a situation that everyone, and I mean everyone,
knows about — the initial sin of man. At this point, mankind was in a terrible
situation. He/she had disobeyed God and now had to pay a cost for that
disobedience. However, even through this act of disobedience we see just how
merciful our Father God is because He offered (FOR US) a solution before He
pronounced a sentence.

Let’s look at the 15th verse:

 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.

In our text, God Himself speaks a prophetic word concerning the coming of
Jesus. In the 15th verse He states, "And I [God] will put
enmity [deep- rooted, mutual hatred] between thee and the woman, and between
thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise HIS
[Look!!!!!!!!!!!] heel.

We know from the 14th verse that the "thee" in this
verse is the serpent. It is he who will meet his ultimate destruction (with a
"head bashing"). But who is the "HIS" in this scripture?
Jesus!!!! The Seed of the woman. The Anointed One and His Anointing!— (Isaiah
10:27   "And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall
be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the
yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.")

The "HIS" in Genesis 3:15 is Jesus, the One who would die for us
on calvary, thereby allowing His heel to be bruised by the enemy.

A long time ago, I heard an "old tyme" preacher preach a sermon
from this text and it went something like this:

Well…. Ha! You know God saw man…. Ha! In a
predicament…. Ha! He saw man……Ha! In a situation….Ha! That he couldn’t
get out of…..Ha! He saw that man….Ha! In quite a bit of trouble….Ha! So
to get man….Ha! Out of the situation…..Ha! I said to get man…..Ha! Out of
his trouble…Ha! God had to figure out…Ha! A solution….Ha!

Now first of all, and excuse my English, "God ain’t never had to figure
out no solution!" For whatever problem, God has/had the solution before it
occurs/occurred. This is an image of God we should all keep close to us. Before
the problem arises, we should have the image of God with our solution in His
hand holding it like a waiter holds a tray above his shoulder. As soon as our
problem arises and soon as the situation occurs, this great, powerful, and Holy
waiter (One who is waiting on the situation to arise) says, "I’ve got
that!" He doesn’t say, "I need to go back to the cook to get your
order." He doesn’t say, "Sir/Madam, it will be just a few more
minutes." HE SAYS, "I’VE GOT THAT!!" Exactly what you’ve been
needing all your life — He’s got it! The deliverance you’ve been waiting on —
He’s got it! The answer that you’ve been hoping for — He’s got it! Even from
our scripture, when Adam and Eve sinned, God had The Answer immediately, which
tells me He had The Solution long before the problem.

This Christmas let’s celebrate The Solution — Jesus Christ— and not the
Stuff! There is absolutely nothing wrong with getting gifts and blessing others
with gifts, but we need to focus more on the Solution, not the Stuff. Why?
Because the Solution will always be there, but the stuff will not. If you don’t
believe me, here’s a Holy Days (Holidays) question for you. What did you get
for Christmas three years ago? Don’t hurt yourself trying too hard to remember
because in all honesty I can’t remember myself. But I do remember the STUFF
that Jesus brought me out of. I do remember what I thought of myself before I
met Him. I do remember the things I went through and feeling there was absolutely,
positively no way out. Even though I don’t remember the STUFF I got for
Christmas three years ago, I can tell you a difference THE SOLUTION has made in
my life from three years ago, and I’m sure it is this way for those of you who
now have Christ.

However, for those of you who don’t have Christ, this Christmas season we
offer you the greatest gift ever given — the Saviour Himself— through this
simple prayer:

Father God, I know that I have sinned and am a
sinner, but this moment I ask Your forgiveness and I turn from those old ways
to Your way. I believe that You sent Your Son Jesus to save me from my sins and
cleanse me of them. I ask now that He be the Lord of my life and that I become
one of Your children. And through this prayer I commit myself to Your works to
become Your child. Thank you Jesus for saving me and thank you God for sending
Your Son to take on my sicknesses so that I can be what you always intended me
to be.

To all, we pray that you have a safe, wonderful and blessed Holy Day
Season!! We love you sooooo much!

Eddie, Veronica & Veresia