February 26, 2017
“By one man’s disobedience, many were made sinners.”
Earth felt the wound; and Nature from her seat,
Sighing through all her works, gave signs of woe,
That all was lost. “Paradise Lost” MILTON
The poet Francis Quarles wrote the following lines:
Poor man! Are not thy joints grown faint with shaking
To view the effect of thy bold undertaking,
That in one hour didst mar what
Heav’n six days was making.
The results of the fall as rehearsed in Genesis 3 are devastating. At first blush, it seems hopeless. “All the king’s horses, and all the king’s men….”
But nothing could be further from the truth. As God metes out His justice, Satan is told that he will bruise the heel of Eve’s offspring. But the effect of that bruising will mean the salvation of the world!
“He shall bruise your head.” Within the compass of those words we find the whole story of our Lord’s sorrows from Bethlehem to Calvary.
There is the breaking of Satan’s regal power!
There is the clearing away of sin.
There is the destruction of death by resurrection.
There is the leading of captivity captive in the ascension.
There is the victory of truth in the world through the descent of the Spirit. There is the latter-day glory in which Satan shall be bound.
There is, lastly, the casting of the evil one and all his followers into the lake of fire.
The conflict and the conquest are both in the compass of these few fruitful words. They may not have been fully understood by those who first heard them, but to us they are now full of light.
The text at first looks like a flint, hard and cold. But sparks fly from it plentifully, for hidden fires of infinite love and grace lie concealed within. Over this promise of a gracious God we ought to exceedingly rejoice. C. H. SPURGEON
Be praying for Randall Gruendyke as he prepares this week. Ask the Father that this passage would have maximum impact on us as a congregation. Ask that a proper soberness be accompanied with the knowledge that our redeeming God has taken supernatural steps to restore our image back to its original state through the death of His Son. May this sermon shine much needed light into darkened hearts, to the glory of God.