March 02, 2016

A Promise to Live By

Genesis 3:1-20

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 3:15

Genesis 2 tells us about Adam and Eve, whom God created. It’s a story of happiness and perfect fellowship between God and humankind.

In contrast, Genesis 3 is one of the most discouraging chapters in the Bible, because it describes the fall into sin. Even so, right in the middle of this chapter is the Bible’s first promise of a Savior.

The promise goes this way: one of Eve’s descendants would someday crush the head of the sneaky serpent. The serpent deceived our first parents to sin, bringing brokenness into all our lives. Genesis 3 explains what’s wrong in our world. It explains broken relationships, illness, death, suffering, cosmic disasters, and our need to have our relationship with God made right again by a Savior.

Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s promise to save. He came from Eve’s line, a real human who could take our place in paying for sin. His heel was struck, so to speak, as he suffered on the cross, but in so doing he crushed the serpent’s head. Jesus is the one who makes right what is wrong in our world.

The Bible’s first promise of salvation is a promise to live by. The whole message of the Bible points to our Savior, Jesus. 
In what ways has sin brought brokenness into your life? The promise of Christ brings saving grace and restoration.

Jesus, you crushed our ­enemy, “that ancient ser­pent . . . the devil” (Revelation 12:9). Thank you for the victory we have through you. Amen.

About the author — Tom Groelsema

Tom Groelsema and his wife, Sheri, have served churches in Minnesota, Michigan, and North Carolina. They have four children and three granddaughters.

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