Q: What do Christmas and the Garden of Eden have in common?
Christmas as a celebration, tradition and season have nothing to do with Eden. Christmas as in the birth of Jesus Christ has everything to do with Eden…
When the man and the woman inhabited the Garden of Eden, they lived in perfect fellowship with God. They had relationship with Him, and we know this because the Genesis account tells of God speaking with them directly. God talked with them and He walked with them in the cool of the evening; direct relational access between man and God. God also gave the man a job to for Him, to have “dominion” over all the earth, and thus mankind was involved in God’s purposes as an active partner. Relationship with purpose is what we call “fellowship.”
Of course we all know that is not the end of the story, for the man and woman saw fit to defy God and enter into rebellion against Him when they sinned. We also know that the result of this was that the relationship was severed and their access to God was terminated; they “died.” They were also cast out into a harsh world to fend for themselves; thus their sin had a sweeping and profound series of consequences. Of course God then began His work to redeem mankind, to re-establish relationship, and this is the story told by the Old Testament.
When Jesus was born, He was born to play the critical role in completing God’s work of redemption, and by his death on the cross, He paid the price for sin enabling the relationship between man and God to be restored. After His sacrifice, for those who are willing, there is once again the possibility of direct access to God. After He arose from the grave, Jesus gave His followers a direct commission to take the good news of His New Covenant to all men, and enjoined them (and us) to get that job done. In doing so, He gave mankind a direct role in accomplishing the purposes of God: Purpose. Thus, we can accurately say that through Jesus Christ God has redeemed mankind to a state of fellowship with Him.
Jesus Christ made it possible for us to have the same relationship status with God that Adam and Eve had back in the Garden of Eden: Fellowship.
So you see? Christmas has nothing to do with the Garden Eden… Christmas also has everything to do with the Garden of Eden!