Jesus was sent as our redeemer “when the fulness of the time was come”. In our last post began to look at the Old Testament prophecies which foretold His coming. He was God’s passover lamb sent to bring man back into fellowship with our heavenly Father.
In our last post we began with the first prophetic utterance that was delivered by God Himself. In this we saw:
- The Messiah would be the offspring of a woman
- The Messiah would crush the head of Satan
- The Messiah would defeat Satan
Jesus defeated Satan by being nailed to the cross, dying, and then descending into hell to have the punishment of our sins laid on Him. He took on Himself every sin and sickness. Isaiah prophesied this in chapter 53.
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 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. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lordhath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. (Isaiah 53:3-12)
Jesus destroyed the devil through His death. This was prophesied in Genesis 1. I believe the devil would never have worked to crucify Jesus had he known the result. The prophesy was a mystery that he did not figure out until after Jesus had defeated him!
And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. (Colossians 2:15)
This takes us back to Genesis 3 where we read that the Messiah would bruise the head of Satan.
Genesis 3 contains the very first prophetic utterance. We will continue and look at other prophecies which foretold Jesus’ coming. This first one though had the entire plan of redemption wrapped up in it.
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