December 1st: Jesus is the Ultimate Champion

Genesis 3:14-15 

So the Lord God said to the serpent:
Because you have done this,
you are cursed more than any livestock
and more than any wild animal.
You will move on your belly
and eat dust all the days of your life.
I will put hostility between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring.
He will strike your head,
and you will strike his heel.

In this text, just a few verses after humankind rebelled against his Creator; God offers hope to His people. He makes a promise to both mankind and Satan that sin will not rule forever. One day, the Seed of the Woman will come and utterly defeat sin and death. However, this Seed will not escape the battle unscathed, He too will be injured.

We see this first mention of the Gospel built on throughout the rest of the Old Testament, culminating in the death of Jesus. His crucifixion is His “bruised heel.” But that was not the end, His death was not eternal! He came out of death. He overcame death. He crushed death’s skull in His Resurrection.

Take time today to consider the joy that having Christ as our champion brings to us in the midst of life’s challenges. He grasped victory over an enemy that we couldn’t even fight. And now we are named as co-heirs with Him in His glory!

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