Advent Devotional Week 1: Victory in Jesus

By Cissie Graham Lynch   •   November 30, 2018   •   Topics:

This is the first of a four-part series on Advent, meaning “arrival.” The Advent season celebrates the coming of a Savior in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Below is a portion of Cissie Graham Lynch’s Advent devotional, Born to You This Day.

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Week 1: Victory in Jesus
Week 2: Rejoicing in God’s Promises
Week 3: Understanding Who Jesus Is
Week 4: Sing Praises to God

Throughout the Old Testament, we read prophecies of Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah. His coming is first foretold in Genesis 3:15:

“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

It’s the first time the Good News is mentioned in the Bible. Right after Adam and Eve had fallen into sin, God immediately revealed His plan to send a Redeemer, His Son, to offer salvation to a sinful world.

Can you see the promise of Jesus in this passage? The phrase “I will put enmity between you [Satan] and the woman [symbolizing all of humanity]” describes the coming, long-lasting struggle between good and evil. “You shall bruise his heel” refers to Satan’s attempts to defeat Christ, the woman’s offspring. “He shall bruise your head” foretells Christ’s victory over Satan when He defeated death.

>> Watch Cissie Graham Lynch share about the importance of celebrating Advent this Christmas season.

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, by Charles Wesley, is one of my favorite Christmas carols. In the original version, Wesley refers to that passage of Scripture:

Come, Desire of nations, come,
Fix in us Thy humble home;
Rise, the woman’s conquering Seed,
Bruise in us the serpent’s head.

Since the beginning of time, Satan has been out to steal, kill, and destroy us. He desires for you to follow his evil, destructive, and deadly path. He repeatedly attempted to defeat Christ during His 33 years on earth, and I am sure Satan thought he had the final victory when Christ took His last breath. But when Jesus rose from the grave, He conquered death and defeated Satan. Remember, Jesus came to give life to you and me:

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.
I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
—John 10:10

Whether you are dreading this Christmas season or excitedly anticipating all it brings, keep in mind that Christ stands in victory. Don’t let Satan rob you of the joy of the season.

Christmas is the time when we remember that God’s Son was born—born to live so that He could die for you. What a precious thing to celebrate!

What are you doing to take time to appreciate and focus on the gift of Christ this Christmas season?

PRAYER: Father, I pray that You will open my eyes to the gifts You give each day—and open my lips so that I can give witness of Your gifts to others. Help me to celebrate the miraculous birth of Your Son, Jesus Christ, and share the Good News of salvation because of His ultimate sacrifice on the cross.

More Prophecy Readings for Week 1

Numbers 24:17
Deuteronomy 18:18–19
2 Samuel 7:12–14a
Job 19:25
Psalm 2:7
Isaiah 7:14
Isaiah 53
Micah 5:2

Cissie Graham Lynch is the daughter of Franklin Graham and granddaughter of Billy Graham. She is a ministry spokesperson for Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Cissie and her husband, Corey, have one daughter and one son, and live in Fort Myers, Florida.

Do you have the hope of Christ this holiday season? Start a relationship with the Savior of the world.

Buy Cissie Graham Lynch’s full devotional, Born to You This Day.

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  1. Debra Bryan says:

    I read Billy Graham’s devotionals. In today’s world, we get so caught up in our personal lives and the things around us. Thank you for reminding us of the true meaning of Christmas! Christ was born!

  2. Arden Reiser says:

    Thank you for the devotions you post. It brings to me a peace and understanding of our Savior, Jesus Christ. It makes my morning brighter! Thanks.

  3. Laura Psaric says:

    Beautiful! Thank you! 💕