GOSPEL OF JOHN Encounter Jesus – The Son of the Living God Dead and Buried But Not for Long!
Last week’s lesson took us down the Via Dolorosa (the sorrowful way) through the streets of Jerusalem as Jesus walked to the cross for the purpose of paying our sin debt in full. After much agony and distress, He cried Tetelestai! – It Is Finished! And gave up His spirit. The physical body of Jesus died as He breathed His last breath. Satan, the Old Deceiver, thought that he had won but a bruise on the heel is not a death blow. He ignored God’s promise concerning who will receive the death blow to the head. Genesis 3:15 (ESV) 15 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.” Yes, the Old Deceiver had bruised the heel of Jesus as the nails pierced our Savior’s feet and took His physical life. But, it is Satan himself who will receive the death blow. If Satan had human attributes, he would have been ecstatic during the time of the preparation of Jesus’ body for entombment gloating over the death of Jesus! But looking back, we can’t help but wonder at the Deceiver deceiving himself into thinking that he could destroy the Eternal Son of God. For now, let’s look in on the few moments that must have been the most wonderful time for Satan since Almighty God cast him from heaven.