Snake meat tastes good (like chicken), but its deliciousness is not the reason for my choice of the Snake as My Favorite Christmas Animal. The reason is that the Snake is the key animal explaining the reason for Christmas.
What is Christmas? Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God and Savior of the world. Why did the Son of God come to earth? Why did man need a Savior?
The answer involves the Snake. The Serpent deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden, and she ate the fruit God had forbidden. She gave some to Adam who also ate. This sin of disobedience to God’s explicit command, instigated by the Snake, is the root cause of all the turmoil, trouble, and suffering in the world. Jesus came to earth to solve the sin problem by living a sinless life and dying on the cross to atone for His people’s sin.
Christmas celebrates this historic event when God became man—necessitated by the Snake’s deception in Eden.
Merry Christmas! Celebrate the coming of the One who beat the Snake!
©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
Wednesday December 31, 2008 A.D.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. (Romans 5:8,9)