In the third chapter of Genesis we read about one of the most awful days in all of history: Adam and Eve removing God from the throne of their lives. Instead of enjoying all that God had given them in paradise, they choose to covet the one thing God said they could not have. God gave Adam and Eve a test—one that should have been easy to “ace”—and they failed it miserably.
But praise God, He did not abandon them! Instead, as Adam and Eve stood before Him, probably shivering with fear, God gave the first promise to fallen man. And that first promise contains the entire Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel. (Genesis 3:15)
Here we find the covenant of grace promised to our first parents and to their seed in the Garden of Eden. Notice that God’s first order of business was to put enmity (that is, hostility or hatred) between the serpent and Adam and Eve. Why? Because they had become friends! By aligning with the serpent, humanity had put themselves at enmity with God; but God, in His amazing grace, refused to leave them there. He promised to retrieve them from the spell of the serpent.
Now look at the bruising of the heel of the Holy One. This refers to the crucifixion of Jesus in His human nature. Satan would indeed strike a wicked blow to the beloved Son of the Most High God. Jesus would be betrayed by Judas, abandoned by His disciples, and falsely accused, beaten, and scourged by His own countrymen and by the Roman soldiers. The final act of this sinful strike would be the cruel spikes that were driven through His flesh into the wooden beams of the cross. Satan undoubtedly believed that he had struck the fatal and final blow to any hope of redemption for mankind.
But it was only Good Friday! Three days later, on that first Easter morning, the prophecy of promise was fulfilled when Jesus crushed the head of the serpent.
“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!” (Luke 24:5-6)
When Jesus conquered the grave, He crushed the head of the Evil one. The resurrection of the Son was God the Father’s divine stamp of approval over the promised “Seed of the woman,” who would become the Savior of the world. Atonement was made in full, death was utterly vanquished, and the unholy head of the serpent was crushed.
So . . . what does the first promise to fallen man mean to you today? It should mean everything, regardless of where this message finds you. If you have placed your trust in Christ’s atoning death on your behalf, God is for you, so it really doesn’t matter who or what is against you. God so loved you—not just the world, but you—that He gave His one and only Son, whose heel would be struck so that your sins would be forgiven and your place in heaven eternally secured.
Let the truth of the first promise to fallen man set you free today and all the days before you.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!