Walk through any mall and your discount superstore of choice (mine is Target) and you will see that Christmas is already here. Of course, it’s not the jingle of sleigh bells they are after, it is jingle of coins in the cash register.

But, maybe we could learn something from the retailers . . . something about preparation. We spend a lot of time getting ready for our commercial Christmas. We are already buying gifts and making Christmas lists. How much time do we spend preparing for this spiritual season? One way to do that is through Advent services. They will be starting soon. But, here at Planet Augsburg, we might be able to help as well.

As Christmas approaches, we will post various Messianic prophesies for your review and reflection. There are actually 226, so we will probably not cover all of them. But here we go.

It all starts with Genesis 3:15:

And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head and you will strike his heel.

God is speaking to the serpent and this is part of his curse, but this is the first Gospel. The first prophesy of the Messiah. The Messiah will be a man, the seed of the woman, who will crush Satan and destroy him but with a painful cost.