I don’t like for someone to tell me how a movie ends before I watch it, and I’d never read the last chapter of a book before I’d read the rest. So I hope I’m not spoiling the end for you when I let you in on a Bible secret.
Or maybe I should say, “God wins . . . so we do too.”
He’s dropped some huge hints along the way . . . here’s one of the first ones:
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 (Genesis 3:15).
That’s part of the curse that God pronounced on the serpent shortly after the fall of Adam and Eve. He describes conflict that will exist between Satan and Eve, and then between humanity in general and Satan and his followers.
But the last part of the verse is the best part: “he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
Notice what God is saying. He’s referring to a specific descendant of Eve’s and a time when God’s victory over evil would be realized.
Shortly after the fall God looks into the distance and tells us what will happen.
There will be constant conflict between humanity and Satan, and sometimes it’ll seem like Satan will win.
Satan would “bruise the heel” of Christ by nailing him to the cross.
But early Sunday morning, Jesus would walk out of the tomb alive and “bruise the head” of the serpent through this resurrection.
In other words, Jesus stomped Satan’s head at Calvary and the empty tomb. Crushed him, defeated him.
Because of that, we win.
Maybe sometimes we look around us and wonder. Is good really going to triumph? There’s bad stuff everywhere . . .
But those are just the dying thrashes of a defeated snake.
He’s been whipped, and he knows it, but he’ll do as much damage as he can while he can.
But sometime soon that offspring of Eve is going to announce his return with a great shout, and the snake’s thrashing will stop.
I hope telling you the end of the story, in this case at least, brightens your day.