The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman,
The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. 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.”
With the entrance of sin into the world, there also came the need for salvation. Sin had created enmity, or hostility, between God and sinful humanity. Sin had separated the human race from God, and it created the need for a Savior.
And with the verse above, we get the first words of eternal hope written in the pages of Scripture. In them, God Himself promises that His sacrifice for sin would one day crush Satan. And this promise was fulfilled when Jesus’ body was bruised, when He was beaten beyond recognition, and His blood poured out for us.
While Satan thought He had fully crushed Jesus when Jesus died on the cross, Jesus did not stay crushed! He rose from the dead in triumph, and as we are told in Romans 16:20,Christ will ultimately crush Satan in the end. When that happens, the devil will stay crushed for all eternity!
What a hope Christ gives us. And our hope is sure because our salvation does not come through our own sinful hands or worthless payments, but through the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the very Son of God!
This is why the chorus rings throughout heaven, “Worthy is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
So today, take time to thank God for His gift of salvation. Thank Him that Jesus was crushed for your sins…and that Satan will be crushed for eternity!
Praise God for the hope you have of eternal life.