Out in Bethel I am nearing the end of our study of John in seminary, but God continues illuminating His wondrous Word! I’ll share with you one quick example that I think fits really well with Easter!
In John 13:18 we read, “I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But the Scripture will be fulfilled, ‘He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’” Later in verse 27 of the same chapter we read, “Then after he had taken the morsel, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, ‘What you are going to do, do quickly.’”
In each of these verses we peer into the last couple days of Jesus’ physical earthly life, just prior to the cross. As Jesus and His disciples partake of the Passover meal together, Jesus begins some of His last teaching for the disciples. Judas Ischariot, however, will follow his predetermined course of betrayal. It is absolutely critical to see what is occurring behind the scenes in this passage! Notice that the power behind Judas is his submission to Satan’s work of opposition. Notice further back in verse 18 that Jesus quotes Psalm 41:9 in reference to Scripture being fulfilled of one’s betrayal of his Master. Just as David in that Old Testament passage felt the sting of a close trusted friend’s betrayal, so Jesus would feel the supreme sting on this level of betrayal. Although the language of lifting one’s heel references a Jewish way of describing one who dines with friends and then opposes the host in great contempt, it does also remind us of a similar occurrence of heel earlier in Scripture. Recall with me for a moment Genesis 3:15… “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.” Back in John 13:27 we clearly see Satan’s headstrong opposition behind Judas’ betrayal. Thus, we see Genesis 3:15 played out right before our eyes in John’s Gospel! The seed of the woman ultimately brought Jesus through the virgin birth, thereby avoiding the sin curse of Adam. The enmity relationship continued through all of Adam and Eve’s descendants as sin now became inherent with all humanity (Romans 3:10, 23, Chp. 5). But, Satan’s ultimate opposition came against the Messiah. His antagonism is seen through the attempt to thwart Jesus’ survival even as a young baby/toddler. His opposition continued through the course of Jesus’ life and public ministry, escalating to this climax of antagonism with Judas and ultimately the cross.
At the cross we see Satan’s supreme attack against God Almighty.
If the cross had ended at the cross (death), then Genesis 3:15 would have been null and void!
But, but, but!
We know the glorious truth of the resurrection!
The glorious truth of the resurrection fulfilled the protoevangelium declaration of Genesis 3:15!
Satan’s best attempt against Jesus became as a mere bruise on Jesus’ foot, as Jesus’ resurrection became a great crushing blow eternally against Satan!
What an incredibly beautiful truth we have in God’s revelation to us, for it is here in the Gospel of John that we see the glorious plan of God from the beginning! Truly, Jesus came in the fullness of time in and by His own authority for His supreme eternal purpose!
We as believers are a part of this incredibly sovereign and beautiful plan of redemption!
Amazed at the foot of the cross and the emtpy tomb,