Here lies the first Christmas promise. As long as sin has been in the world, the promise has been here as well. It was made by God Almighty to our first father and mother. They didn’t deserve the promise. They didn’t grasp it at the moment. The advent means the appearance—the coming—of Jesus. The Word of God helps us, and this promise states the facts.
Genesis 3: 15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
The devil tried to make this promise inconsequential. Nothing can keep God’s promises from coming to pass. Here Adam and Eve stand before the Lord fallen in their sins. Adam blamed Eve. Eve blamed the serpent. The serpent knew how God felt about things, and I’m sure he was grinning at what he had just done. He had undermined the human race and in effect told God “see if you can top that.” They all deserved to be destroyed but instead they got a promise.
Eve was given the promise. It would be a fulfillment that involved God and the womb of a young girl. A woman would conceive by herself—earthly impossible. It would be her seed, not theirs, and the Holy Ghost would make it happen. God took the legs from under the serpent. The devil struts around but through Jesus Christ his legs were knocked out from under him. The devil doesn’t want us to believe in Jesus Christ and the power that these candles of hope and peace represent. God said this as if it was already a done deal. Before the foundation of the world God knew what would happen. He knew man would sin and created the plan for the redemption of mankind before the fall into sin occurred. God would send his Son Jesus from heaven and He would give himself for our sins.
Looking at the serpent God said I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. What exactly did this mean? The devil knew. God gave them the details on what would happen. The seed to be born of the woman would crush the head of Satan. The promise to crush the devil’s head also comes to pass every time we trust God and choose him over Satan. Our faith crushes him.
Jesus would be bruised as we’ve been. He was tempted as we are. Jesus chose this so we could have a Savior. No doubt the little feet of Jesus hit against the manger that night. The worst the devil could do to him was bruise those heels. The feet of Jesus grew weary as he traveled from place to place. When the nails were driven through his feet and he was put on the cross, his heals were bruised one last time. He died, but in this bruising what God promised to fallen man in the Garden of Eden came true. A total and eternal crushing of Satan’s head was done.
By our trusting Jesus, the devil will be crushed and pushed from our lives. Let’s claim this promise by trusting him as Savior. Let the crushing begin.