15 “And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her seed;
He shall bruise you on the head,
And you shall bruise him on the heel.”

The darkest moment in human history happened when Eve ate the fruit, handed it to her husband, Adam, and sin entered the world. The world is not as it should be, and it is all because of what happened thousands of years ago in a garden. When Adam and Eve ate the apple, they brought death upon us all because death is the consequence of sin. All who sin will die, and all are born with sin, so all die. Generation after generation, the curse of sin continued until one man came died for us all.

Genesis 3 is one the most profoundly unsettling chapters in the Bible. Yet tucked into the middle of disobedience, curse, and sin is a promise: the promise of a child who would undo the curse of sin and restore humanity’s connection to God. Genesis 3:15 is called the protoevangelium, or first gospel, because we see in this one verse the beginning of God’s redemptive plan.

One of the curses of sin for Eve was that her childbirth would be painful, but out of the pain of one ordinary woman would come an extraordinary baby who stood alone as one born without sin. Our nature did not affect Jesus because He was not born of man, but of God. In Jesus, God created a new Adam, a new man who was uniquely able to do what Adam could not. Through the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Christ, the reign of sin has been destroyed and the serpent’s head has been crushed.

• How has Jesus struck the head of the serpent?

• How does it make you feel to know your redemption was not an afterthought, but the eternal plan of God?

• Thank God that He did not leave us in the sin we desired in our heart, but through Christ He has given us a new heart that desires Him more than it desires sin.