“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel” (Genesis 3:15).
After the fall of Adam and Eve, the Lord gave them hope expressed in prophetic language. This hope has been understood by the Christian church as a prediction of the coming of the Deliverer. The Lord Jesus Christ was “the seed” (Revelation 12:1–5; Galatians 3:16, 19) who would come “to destroy the works of the devil” (Hebrews 2:14; 1 John 3:8). This announcement by God was a great consolation to Adam and Eve. And the Lord established the sacrificial system to serve as a visual aid so that we might understand the infinite price that was to be paid to make atonement for our sin.
God bruised Satan’s head at the cross when Jesus cried, “it is finished.” This is when victory over the devil was attained. Jesus announced that the great controversy between Christ and Satan, a battle that began in heaven (Revelation 12:7–9), and continued on earth was finally accomplished (Hebrews 2:14). This battle will eventually terminate with Satan’s destruction at the end of the millennium (Revelation 20:10).
But Christ did not come out of this war unharmed. The nail marks in His hands and feet and the scar in His side will be eternal marks of the great battle in which the serpent bruised the woman’s seed (John 20:25; Zechariah 13:6).
The Lord made Adam ruler of this earth as long as he remained obedient to God. But when he sinned, he transferred his ruler-ship to Satan. But when Christ died on the cross, He regained the ruler-ship of earth, and humanity regained the hope of being restored to its original condition when they submit to God.
What infinite love! Divine justice required that sin should be punished, but divine mercy had already found a way to redeem the fallen human race—by the voluntary sacrifice of the Son of God (1 Peter 1:20; Ephesians 3:11; 2 Timothy 1:9; Revelation 13:8).
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