Reading: Genesis 3:15
In fullness of time, the Conqueror appears in human form. Satan knows Him well. He heard the voice from heaven, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” He makes one desperate effort to obtain the mastery. The blessed Jesus meets the conflict. Every advantage of outward circumstance is given to the adversary. He musters his strength and all his skill. His empire depends on the outcome. The most that hell can do, is done. But all in vain. Each blow falls harmless before the Word of the Lord. The devil quits the field, baffled and beaten. He finds himself held down by the chain, “He shall bruise your head.”
He makes one effort more. He stirs up wicked men to seize and nail the blessed Jesus to the cross. When the Woman’s Seed bows His head and dies; the enemy seems to triumph. But the end of the combat shows where the victory is. If Satan is the stronger, let him keep Jesus in the grave; let the prison detain the prisoner. But it does not—it cannot. Jesus bursts the doors—comes again from the dead—shows Himself alive—and ascends in triumph to the heavens. Thus the victory is forever won. The destroyer lies forever destroyed beneath His feet.
And when a few more years are past, the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with power and great glory, and the devil shall be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever! There is everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels. “He shall bruise your head.” The point, then, is clear. God is true. Jesus is Conqueror. The Goliath of hell is fallen!
Reader! this battle has been fought, this victory won, that poor sinners may be rescued. May the Holy Spirit help you to behold your high tower of safety, and to flee into it! Satan cannot but hate you—for his name is hatred, as surely as God is love; and he desires to have you, that he may sift you as wheat. But if you are found in Jesus, you are high above his reach. He will attack. He will threaten. He will affright. But Jesus will be your shield; and that shield must be shattered before you can be harmed.
This entire devotional is taken from Henry Law, “The Gospel in Genesis” Ch. 5 (published by Banner of Truth Trust). This is an excellent book, devotional, instructive and well worth buying.