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What does a bruised heel and killing a snake have to do with the Gospel?
Jesus is a master storyteller. He spent much of His life telling short stories that packed a big punch—communicating huge truths in a way that could be easily understood if you just tried to listen and understand.
Ever gone looking for a lost sheep? That's God searching for you.
Watched weeds spring up in your garden? That's Satan trying to frustrate the plans of God.
Found some missing money around your house? That's the joy God experiences when someone turns back to Him.
Good storytellers also like to foreshadow early on in their stories. It's a way for you to catch a glimpse of an important point so that it's more impactful and understandable when it finally unfolds. The first few lines of Romeo and Juliet predict both of the main characters' death. And see Luke Skywalker's face in Darth Vader's helmet before it's ever revealed that Vader is Luke's father in The Empire Strikes Back.
(Sorry... I probably should have put a spoilers alert at the top of this article.)
But did you know that the Gospel can be found as far back as one of the first few chapters of the Bible?
From the beginning, there has been a war between our God and Satan—between the kingly lion with all power and the lowly snake who works to deceive us.
In the Garden of Eden, Satan disguised himself as a serpent and deceived Eve, and then Adam, into disobeying God. As a result, God declared that we would be at war with the snake, with the snake bruising the heel of Jesus but that Jesus would bruise the snake's head in the end.
"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.”
And that’s exactly what happened! Satan used Judas to “bruise the heel” of Jesus and have Him sent to the cross. But it was only the heel—Jesus was resurrected into eternal life and “bruised the head” of Satan.