Jesus was bruised but the enemy was crushed “early Sunday morning”

By: Lisa Wilmore

Scripture Reading: …  Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.  But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” 10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” the man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” So the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And 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 3:4-14 KJV).

My Christian Friends,

First, it is an awesome privilege to bask in what Jesus did for us on “Sunday Morning”. If there is anyone who is puzzled with a cloudy mind about what happened on that third day morning over two thousand years ago, please read the gospel according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John from the Holy Bible.

Next, the account of the Gospel, Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, noted in the New Testament, has been preached throughout many nations since the day of Pentecost in Acts chapter 2.

However, in the Old Testament, Isaiah prophesied of Jesus’ bruising for our sins (Isaiah 53:5). Likewise, Moses recorded Jesus’ bruising in addition to the enemy’s crushing in Genesis (Genesis 3:14-15). Yes, “early Sunday morning”, there was a bruising of the heel and a crushing of the head. Are you glad? Jesus received the lashes and lives; but the enemy received a crushing and was defeated.

Lastly, in the aforementioned scriptures, God issues punishment to the serpent and his user. He reveals His plan to defeat the enemy and offer salvation to the world through his son, Jesus Christ. God’s plan came to fruition by defeating the enemy at the cross. As a result, “Jesus disarmed Satan’s power and authorities (Colossians 2:15 NIV). Thank you, God, for the bruising and the crushing!