Last week for the Midweek Message I talked with you about the queston God asked, “Where are you?” inviting us into fellowship with Him in a more consistenet way. This week I’d like to dig a little deeper into Gen. 3. After Adam and Eve sinned, they covered themselves with fig leaves as they recognized their shame and God dealt with the enemy of our souls, the serpent, Satan. God told Satan that One was coming Who (referring to Christ) would crush his head yet he, Satan, will bruise His heel. Huh? What is God talking about? Figurative language, for sure.
In a nutshell, God is saying that He has taken care of everything, sin and Satan, and it will be dealt with in the future. Our fall into sin did not surprise God. He had a plan from the beginning of time and it would unfold throughout history until that divine moment when He sent His Son to the execution cross in our place. Blood, decided by God, would be the payment for sin. The blood that God first shed when He killed animals to cover Adam and Eve (vs. 21) would be a foreshadow or picture beforehand of the final blood that His Son would shed on the cross on our behalf.
Wow, the Cross.
Scripture says that the cross is the ‘power of God’ and that peace or wholeness comes to us through that cross. We are reunited to God at the Cross and our sins are forgiven there. What awesome promises! The best part for me is in Col. 3:13-15 where we are reassured that Jesus took the charges against us and nailed them to the tree (figurative language again!). By that one act of love He transferred spiritual power from Satan to us. Satan is now disarmed, neutralized, paralyzed, and defenseless against us. That’s not figurative: that’s reality.
Doesn’t that make you want to throw your shoulders back and stand a little more erect knowing that The Cross has given you all the power you need to defeat the devil in this world? The Cross has given you the opportunity to become a brand new person in His sight. The Cross has restored fellowship between you and God. This week let the Cross of Christ be on your mind. Remember these few promises that I’ve listed. Be thankful that He has chosen you to receive His rescue, His deliverance, and His restoration. Let’s live like we believe it!