BRUISES

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5 KJV

FullSizeRender (67) Attie is a young pit bull who loves to play and chew.  It doesn’t have to be toys or bones that she devours.  She’s happy chewing on your arm, your clothes and anything near her pearly, white teeth.  Attie is full of love, energy and puppy playfulness and I’m full of bruises.  You can’t get away without a little nip here and there when you visit Attie.

Jesus didn’t leave this world without a lot more than a few bruises.  Isaiah prophesied that he would be wounded and bruised for our sin.  He took a beating that we might be healed.  He did this willingly because he loved us.  The gospel writers record his punishment and death in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, proving the prophesy correct.

In Genesis 3:15, God said that he would put enmity between the serpent and the woman, and between his seed and her seed;  it shall bruise thy head and thou shalt bruise his heel.  Adam and Eve had sinned in the Garden of Eden.  Satan had twisted God’s word and made disobedience to his commands seem a reasonable route.  God proclaimed that the result of this sin and separation would be war between the devil and the seed of the woman.

Jesus, born of a virgin, was the long awaited seed of the woman.  He came to crush Satan and Satan knew it.  When Jesus was born, all the boy babies under two years old were murdered to try to kill off the son of God but God sent Jesus to Egypt and he survived.  In the desert, Satan tempted Jesus and tried to get him to serve evil but this time twisting God’s word didn’t work.  Jesus survived.

Finally, Jesus hung on a cross, bruised, bloody and beaten.  Satan thought the war was over and he had won.  He had bruised Christ’s heel but the prophesy was not complete.  Satan had not won.  Three days later, things started to turn around.  The tomb was empty.  Jesus had defeated death, hell and the grave.

Revelation 20:1-3 tells us, “And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain.  He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan and bound him for a thousand years.  He threw him in the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended.  After that, he must be set free for a short time.”  The story continues and Satan’s head will be eternally crushed as prophesied so long ago.  His time is limited and he knows it.

As Christians, we have won the victory.  Romans 16:20 states, “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.”  We are born again when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  I Peter 1:23 says, “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.”  We are of the same seed as Jesus Christ, and we have enduring, everlasting life in Him.

Are you feeling bruised and battered?  Has life left you black and blue?  God sent his only beloved son to die in your place.  He was bruised and beaten for you.  The story is not over but the end is in sight.  We have won the battle through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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