God gave us hints of what He was going to do as far back as Adam and Eve and right down to the very day Jesus was crucified. The first hint was in Genesis 3:15 which He gave to the serpent (Satan); “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”” Satan assumed that he would triumph by seducing Eve and then Adam, and consequently the whole human race. He totally miscalculated!! In the crucifixion and death of Jesus, Satan’s power and authority over mankind was forever broken! So real is this victory that Jesus said on the cross just before He died to the thief hanging next to Him, “today you will be with Me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).
Let’s go into this point a little deeper. How could Jesus “bruise” the head of Satan? “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death He might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil” (Hebrews 2:14)! Please take careful note of that – through dying, Jesus “destroy the one who has the power of death”! How could Jesus do this? He explained it clearly in John 10:17-18:
Jesus confirms in His own words that He has authority over death. “For this reason, the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of My own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father” (John 10:17–18). Another way of saying this is that Jesus had ABSOLUTE authority over death and Satan. He was going to crush all the authority that Satan thought he had in deceiving Eve.
THE QUESTION: have you allowed Jesus to exercise that authority in your life?
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