The Coming of a Deliverer
Through the long centuries of "trouble and darkness" and
"dimness of anguish" (Isaiah 8:22) marking the history of
mankind from the day our first parents lost their Eden home, to the time
the Son of God appeared as the Saviour of sinners, the hope of the
fallen race was centered in the coming of a Deliverer to free men and
women from the bondage of sin and the grave.
The first intimation of such a hope was given to Adam and Eve in the
sentence pronounced upon the serpent in Eden when the Lord declared to
Satan in their hearing, "I will put enmity between thee and the
woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and
thou shalt bruise his heel." Genesis 3:15.
As the guilty pair listened to these words, they were inspired with
hope; for in the prophecy concerning the breaking of Satan's power they
discerned a promise of deliverance from the ruin wrought through
transgression. Though they must suffer from the power of their adversary
because they had fallen under his seductive influence and had chosen to
disobey the plain command of Jehovah, yet they need not yield to utter
despair. The Son of God was offering to atone with His own lifeblood for
their transgression. To them was to be granted a period of probation,
during which, through faith in the power of Christ to save, they might
become once more the children of God.
Satan, by means of his success in turning man aside from the path of
obedience, became "the god of this world." 2 Corinthians 4:4.
The dominion that once was Adam's passed to the usurper. But the Son of
God proposed to come to this earth to pay the penalty of sin, and thus
not only redeem man, but recover the dominion forfeited. It is of this
restoration that Micah prophesied when he said, "O Tower of the
flock, the stronghold of the daughter of Zion, unto Thee shall it come,
even the first dominion." Micah 4:8. The apostle Paul has referred
to it as "the redemption of the purchased possession."
Ephesians 1:14. And the psalmist had in mind the same final restoration
of man's original inheritance when he declared, "The righteous
shall inherit the land, and dwell therein forever." Psalm 37:29.
This hope of redemption through the advent of the Son of God as
Saviour and King, has never become extinct in the hearts of men. From
the beginning there have been some whose faith has reached out beyond
the shadows of the present to the realities of the future. Adam, Seth,
Enoch, Methuselah, Noah, Shem, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob-- through these
and other worthies the Lord has preserved the precious revealings of His
will. And it was thus that to the children of Israel, the chosen people
through whom was to be given to the world the promised Messiah, God
imparted a knowledge of the requirements of His law, and of the
salvation to be accomplished through the atoning sacrifice of His
The hope of Israel was embodied in the promise made at the time of
the call of Abraham, and afterward repeated again and again to his
posterity, "In thee shall all families of the earth be
blessed." Genesis 12:3. As the purpose of God for the redemption of
the race was unfolded to Abraham, the Sun of Righteousness shone upon
his heart, and his darkness was scattered. And when, at last, the
Saviour Himself walked and talked among the sons of men, He bore witness
to the Jews of the patriarch's bright hope of deliverance through the
coming of a Redeemer. "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My
day," Christ declared; "and he saw it, and was glad."
This same blessed hope was foreshadowed in the benediction pronounced
by the dying patriarch Jacob upon his son Judah:
"Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise:
Thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies;
Thy father's children shall bow down before thee. . . .
The scepter shall not depart from Judah,
Nor a lawgiver from between his feet,
Until Shiloh come;
And unto Him shall the gathering of the people be."
Again, on the borders of the Promised Land, the coming of the world's
Redeemer was foretold in the prophecy uttered by Balaam:
"I shall see Him, but not now: I shall behold Him, but
There shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Scepter
shall rise out of Israel,
And shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all
the children of Sheth."
Through Moses, God's purpose to send His Son as the Redeemer of the
fallen race, was kept before Israel. On one occasion, shortly before his
death, Moses declared, "The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a
Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto Him
ye shall hearken." Plainly had Moses been instructed for Israel
concerning the work of the Messiah to come. "I will raise them up a
Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee," was the word of
Jehovah to His servant; "and will put My words in His mouth; and He
shall speak unto them all that I shall command Him." Deuteronomy
In patriarchal times the sacrificial offerings connected with divine
worship constituted a perpetual reminder of the coming of a Saviour, and
thus it was with the entire ritual of the sanctuary services throughout
Israel's history. In the ministration of the tabernacle, and of the
temple that afterward took its place, the people were taught each day,
by means of types and shadows, the great truths relative to the advent
of Christ as Redeemer, Priest, and King; and once each year their minds
were carried forward to the closing events of the great controversy
between Christ and Satan, the final purification of the universe from
sin and sinners. The sacrifices and offerings of the Mosaic ritual were
ever pointing toward a better service, even a heavenly. The earthly
sanctuary was "a figure for the time then present," in which
were offered both gifts and sacrifices; its two holy places were
"patterns of things in the heavens;" for Christ, our great
High Priest, is today "a minister of the sanctuary, and of the true
tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man." Hebrews 9:9, 23;
From the day the Lord declared to the serpent in Eden, "I will
put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her
seed" (Genesis 3:15), Satan has known that he can never hold
absolute sway over the inhabitants of this world. When Adam and his sons
began to offer the ceremonial sacrifices ordained by God as a type of
the coming Redeemer, Satan discerned in these a symbol of communion
between earth and heaven. During the long centuries that have followed,
it has been his constant effort to intercept this communion. Untiringly
has he sought to misrepresent God and to misinterpret the rites pointing
to the Saviour, and with a great majority of the members of the human
family he has been successful.
While God has desired to teach men that from His own love comes the
Gift which reconciles them to Himself, the archenemy of mankind has
endeavored to represent God as one who delights in their destruction.
Thus the sacrifices and the ordinances designed of Heaven to reveal
divine love have been perverted to serve as means whereby sinners have
vainly hoped to propitiate, with gifts and good works, the wrath of an
offended God. At the same time, Satan has sought to arouse and
strengthen the evil passions of men in order that through repeated
transgression multitudes might be led on and on, far from God, and
hopelessly bound with the fetters of sin.
When God's written word was given through the Hebrew prophets, Satan
studied with diligence the messages concerning the Messiah. Carefully he
traced the words that outlined with unmistakable clearness Christ's work
among men as a suffering sacrifice and as a conquering king. In the
parchment rolls of the Old Testament Scriptures he read that the One who
was to appear was to be "brought as a lamb to the slaughter,"
"His visage . . . so marred more than any man, and His form more
than the sons of men." Isaiah 53:7; 52:14. The promised Saviour of
humanity was to be "despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows,
and acquainted with grief; . . . smitten of God, and afflicted;"
yet He was also to exercise His mighty power in order to "judge the
poor of the people." He was to "save the children of the
needy," and "break in pieces the oppressor." Isaiah 53:3,
4; Psalm 72:4. These prophecies caused Satan to fear and tremble; yet he
relinquished not his purpose to thwart, if possible, the merciful
provisions of Jehovah for the redemption of the lost race. He determined
to blind the eyes of the people, so far as might be possible, to the
real significance of the Messianic prophecies, in order to prepare the
way for the rejection of Christ at His coming.
During the centuries immediately preceding the Flood, success had
attended Satan's efforts to bring about a worldwide prevalence of
rebellion against God. And even the lessons of the Deluge were not long
held in remembrance. With artful insinuations Satan again led the
children of men step by step into bold rebellion. Again he seemed about
to triumph, but God's purpose for fallen man was not thus to be set
aside. Through the posterity of faithful Abraham, of the line of Shem, a
knowledge of Jehovah's beneficent designs was to be preserved for the
benefit of future generations. From time to time divinely appointed
messengers of truth were to be raised up to call attention to the
meaning of the sacrificial ceremonies, and especially to the promise of
Jehovah concerning the advent of the One toward whom all the ordinances
of the sacrificial system pointed. Thus the world was to be kept from
Not without the most determined opposition was the divine purpose
carried out. In every way possible the enemy of truth and righteousness
worked to cause the descendants of Abraham to forget their high and holy
calling, and to turn aside to the worship of false gods. And often his
efforts were all but successful. For centuries preceding Christ's first
advent, darkness covered the earth, and gross darkness the people. Satan
was throwing his hellish shadow athwart the pathway of men, that he
might prevent them from gaining a knowledge of God and of the future
world. Multitudes were sitting in the shadow of death. Their only hope
was for this gloom to be lifted, that God might be revealed.
With prophetic vision David, the anointed of God, had foreseen that
the coming of Christ should be "as the light of the morning, when
the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds." 2 Samuel 23:4. And
Hosea testified, "His going forth is prepared as the morning."
Hosea 6:3. Quietly and gently the daylight breaks upon the earth,
dispelling the shadow of darkness and waking the earth to life. So was
the Sun of Righteousness to arise, "with healing in His
wings." Malachi 4:2. The multitudes dwelling "in the land of
the shadow of death" were to see "a great light." Isaiah
The prophet Isaiah, looking with rapture upon this glorious
"Unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given:
And the government shall be upon His shoulder:
And His name shall be called
Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God,
The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
there shall be no end,
Upon the throne of David,
And upon His kingdom,
To order it, and to establish it
With judgment and with justice
From henceforth even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this."
In the later centuries of Israel's history prior to the first advent
it was generally understood that the coming of the Messiah was referred
to in the prophecy, "It is a light thing that Thou shouldest be My
servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of
Israel: I will also give Thee for a light to the Gentiles, that Thou
mayest be My salvation unto the end of the earth." "The glory
of the Lord shall be revealed," the prophet had foretold, "and
all flesh shall see it together." Isaiah 49:6; 40:5. It was of this
light of men that John the Baptist afterward testified so boldly, when
he proclaimed, "I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness,
Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias."
It was to Christ that the prophetic promise was given: "Thus
saith the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, and His Holy One, to Him whom
man despiseth, to Him whom the nation abhorreth, . . . thus saith the
Lord, . . . I will preserve Thee, and give Thee for a covenant of the
people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate
heritages; that Thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that
are in darkness, Show yourselves. . . . They shall not hunger nor
thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for He that hath
mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall He
guided them." Isaiah 49:7-10.
The steadfast among the Jewish nation, descendants of that holy line
through whom a knowledge of God had been preserved, strengthened their
faith by dwelling on these and similar passages. With exceeding joy they
read how the Lord would anoint One "to preach good tidings unto the
meek," "to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to
the captives," and to declare "the acceptable year of the
Lord." Isaiah 61:1, 2. Yet their hearts were filled with sadness as
they thought of the sufferings He must endure in order to fulfill the
divine purpose. With deep humiliation of soul they traced the words in
the prophetic roll:
"Who hath believed our report?
And to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?
"For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of a dry ground:
He hath no form nor comeliness;
And when we shall see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
"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 everyone to his own way;
And the Lord hath 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."
Of the suffering Saviour Jehovah Himself declared through Zechariah,
"Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, and against the Man that is
My Fellow." Zechariah 13:7. As the substitute and surety for sinful
man, Christ was to suffer under divine justice. He was to understand
what justice meant. He was to know what it means for sinners to stand
before God without an intercessor.
Through the psalmist the Redeemer had prophesied of Himself:
"Reproach hath broken My heart;
And I am full of heaviness:
And I looked for some to take pity,
But there was none;
And for comforters,
But I found none.
They gave Me also gall for My meat;
And in My thirst they gave Me vinegar to drink."
Psalm 69:20, 21.
Of the treatment He was to receive, He prophesied, "Dogs have
compassed Me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed Me: they pierced
My hands and My feet. I may tell all My bones: they look and stare upon
Me. They part My garments among them, and cast lots upon My
vesture." Psalm 22:16-18.
These portrayals of the bitter suffering and cruel death of the
Promised One, sad though they were, were rich in promise; for of Him
whom "it pleased the Lord to bruise" and to put to grief, in
order that He might become "an offering for sin," Jehovah
"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."
It was love for sinners that led Christ to pay the price of
redemption. "He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there
was no intercessor," none other could ransom men and women from the
power of the enemy; "therefore His arm brought salvation unto him;
and His righteousness, it sustained him." Isaiah 59:16.
"Behold My Servant, whom I uphold;
Mine Elect, in whom My soul delighteth;
I have put My Spirit upon Him:
He shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles."
In His life no self-assertion was to be mingled. The homage which the
world gives to position, to wealth, and to talent, was to be foreign to
the Son of God. None of the means that men employ to win allegiance or
to command homage, was the Messiah to use. His utter renunciation of
self was foreshadowed in the words:
"He shall not cry,
Nor lift up,
Nor cause His voice to be heard in the street.
A bruised reed shall He not break,
And the smoking flax shall He not quench."
Verses 2, 3.
In marked contrast to the teachers of His day was the Saviour to
conduct Himself among men. In His life no noisy disputation, no
ostentatious worship, no act to gain applause, was ever to be witnessed.
The Messiah was to be hid in God, and God was to be revealed in the
character of His Son. Without a knowledge of God, humanity would be
eternally lost. Without divine help, men and women would sink lower and
lower. Life and power must be imparted by Him who made the world. Man's
necessities could be met in no other way.
It was further prophesied of the Messiah: "He shall not fail nor
be discouraged, till He have set judgment in the earth: and the isles
shall wait for His law." The Son of God was to "magnify the
law, and make it honorable." Verses 4, 21. He was not to lessen its
importance and binding claims; He was rather to exalt it. At the same
time He was to free the divine precepts from those burdensome exactions
placed upon them by man, whereby many were brought to discouragement in
their efforts to serve God acceptably.
Of the mission of the Saviour the word of Jehovah was: "I the
Lord have called Thee in righteousness, and will hold Thine hand, and
will keep Thee, and give Thee for a covenant of the people, for a light
of the Gentiles; to open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from
the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. I am
the Lord: that is My name: and My glory will I not give to another,
neither My praise to graven images. Behold, the former things are come
to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell
you of them." Verses 6-9.
Through the promised Seed, the God of Israel was to bring deliverance
to Zion. "There shall come forth a Rod out of the stem of Jesse,
and a Branch shall grow out of his roots." "Behold, a virgin
shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Butter
and honey shall He eat, that He may know to refuse the evil, and choose
the good." Isaiah 11:1; 7:14, 15.
"And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of
wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of
knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; and shall make Him of quick
understanding in the fear of the Lord: and He shall not judge after the
sight of His eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of His ears: but
with righteousness shall He judge the poor, and reprove with equity for
the meek of the earth: and He shall smite the earth with the rod of His
mouth, and with the breath of His lips shall He slay the wicked. And
righteousness shall be the girdle of His loins, and faithfulness the
girdle of His reins." "And in that day there shall be a Root
of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the
Gentiles seek: and His rest shall be glorious." Isaiah 11:2-5, 10.
"Behold the Man whose name is the Branch; . . . He shall build
the temple of the Lord; and He shall bear the glory, and shall sit and
rule upon His throne; and He shall be a priest upon His throne."
Zechariah 6:12, 13.
A fountain was to be opened "for sin and for uncleanness"
(Zechariah 13:1); the sons of men were to hear the blessed invitation:
"Ho, everyone that thirsteth, come ye to the waters,
And he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat;
Yea, come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without price.
"Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread?
And your labor for that which satisfieth not?
Hearken diligently unto Me, and eat ye that which is good,
And let your soul delight itself in fatness.
"Incline your ear, and come unto Me:
Hear, and your soul shall live;
And I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
Even the sure mercies of David."
To Israel the promise was made: "Behold, I have given Him for a
witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people. Behold,
thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew
not thee shall run unto thee because of the Lord thy God, and for the
Holy One of Israel; for He hath glorified thee." Verses 4, 5.
"I bring near My righteousness; it shall not be far off, and My
salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel
My glory." Isaiah 46:13.
In word and in deed the Messiah, during His earthly ministry, was to
reveal to mankind the glory of God the Father. Every act of His life,
every word spoken, every miracle wrought, was to make known to fallen
humanity the infinite love of God.
"O Zion, that bringest good tidings,
Get thee up into the high mountain;
O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings,
Lift up thy voice with strength;
Lift it up, be not afraid;
Say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!
"Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand,
And His arm shall rule for Him:
Behold, His reward is with Him,
And His work before Him.
He shall feed His flock like a shepherd:
He shall gather the lambs with His arm,
And carry them in His bosom,
And shall gently lead those that are with young."
"And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the Book,
And the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out
The meek also shall increase their joy in the Lord,
And the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One
"They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding,
And they that murmured shall learn doctrine."
Isaiah 29:18, 19, 24.
Thus, through patriarchs and prophets, as well as through types and
symbols, God spoke to the world concerning the coming of a Deliverer
from sin. A long line of inspired prophecy pointed to the advent of
"the Desire of all nations." Haggai 2:7. Even the very place
of His birth and the time of His appearance were minutely specified.
The Son of David must be born in David's city. Out of Bethlehem, said
the prophet, "shall He come forth ... that is to be ruler in
Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from the days of
eternity." Micah 5:2, margin.
"And thou Bethlehem, land of Judah,
Art in no wise least among the princes of Judah:
For out of thee shall come forth a Governor,
Which shall be Shepherd of My people Israel."
Matthew 2:6, R.V.
The time of the first advent and of some of the chief events
clustering about the Saviour's lifework was made known by the angel
Gabriel to Daniel. "Seventy weeks," said the angel, "are
determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the
transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation
for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up
the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy." Daniel 9:24.
A day in prophecy stands for a year. See Numbers 14:34; Ezekiel 4:6. The
seventy weeks, or four hundred and ninety days, represent four hundred
and ninety years. A starting point for this period is given: "Know
therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment
to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be
seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks" (Daniel 9:25),
sixty-nine weeks, or four hundred and eighty-three years. The
commandment to restore and build Jerusalem, as completed by the decree
of Artaxerxes Longimanus, went into effect in the autumn of 457 B.C. See
Ezra 6:14; 7:1, 9. From this time four hundred and eighty-three years
extend to the autumn of A.D. 27. According to the prophecy, this period
was to reach to the Messiah, the Anointed One. In A.D. 27, Jesus at His
baptism received the anointing of the Holy Spirit and soon afterward
began His ministry. Then the message was proclaimed, "The time is
fulfilled." Mark 1:15.
Then, said the angel, "He shall confirm the covenant with many
for one week [seven years]." For seven years after the Saviour
entered on His ministry, the gospel was to be preached especially to the
Jews; for three and a half years by Christ Himself, and afterward by the
apostles. "In the midst of the week He shall cause the sacrifice
and the oblation to cease." Daniel 9:27. In the spring of A.D. 31,
Christ, the true Sacrifice, was offered on Calvary. Then the veil of the
temple was rent in twain, showing that the sacredness and significance
of the sacrificial service had departed. The time had come for the
earthly sacrifice and oblation to cease.
The one week--seven years--ended in A.D. 34. Then by the stoning of
Stephen the Jews finally sealed their rejection of the gospel; the
disciples who were scattered abroad by persecution "went everywhere
preaching the word" (Acts 8:4); and shortly after, Saul the
persecutor was converted and became Paul the apostle to the Gentiles.
The many prophecies concerning the Saviour's advent led the Hebrews
to live in an attitude of constant expectancy.
Many died in the faith, not having received the promises. But having
seen them afar off, they believed and confessed that they were strangers
and pilgrims on the earth. From the days of Enoch the promises repeated
through patriarchs and prophets had kept alive the hope of His
Not at first had God revealed the exact time of the first advent; and
even when the prophecy of Daniel made this known, not all rightly
interpreted the message.
Century after century passed away; finally the voices of the prophets
ceased. The hand of the oppressor was heavy upon Israel. As the Jews
departed from God, faith grew dim, and hope well-nigh ceased to
illuminate the future. The words of the prophets were uncomprehended by
many; and those whose faith should have continued strong were ready to
exclaim, "The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth."
Ezekiel 12:22. But in heaven's council the hour for the coming of Christ
had been determined; and "when the fullness of the time was come,
God sent forth His Son, . . . to redeem them that were under the law,
that we might receive the adoption of sons." Galatians 4:4, 5.
Lessons must be given to humanity in the language of humanity. The
Messenger of the covenant must speak. His voice must be heard in His own
temple. He, the author of truth, must separate truth from the chaff of
man's utterance, which had made it of no effect. The principles of God's
government and the plan of redemption must be clearly defined. The
lessons of the Old Testament must be fully set before men.
When the Saviour finally appeared "in the likeness of men"
(Philippians 2:7), and began His ministry of grace, Satan could but
bruise the heel, while by every act of humiliation or suffering Christ
was bruising the head of His adversary. The anguish that sin has brought
was poured into the bosom of the Sinless; yet while Christ endured the
contradiction of sinners against Himself, He was paying the debt for
sinful man and breaking the bondage in which humanity had been held.
Every pang of anguish, every insult, was working out the deliverance of
Could Satan have induced Christ to yield to a single temptation,
could he have led Him by one act or even thought to stain His perfect
purity, the prince of darkness would have triumphed over man's Surety
and would have gained the whole human family to himself. But while Satan
could distress, he could not contaminate. He could cause agony, but not
defilement. He made the life of Christ one long scene of conflict and
trial, yet with every attack he was losing his hold upon humanity.
In the wilderness of temptation, in the Garden of Gethsemane, and on
the cross, our Saviour measured weapons with the prince of darkness. His
wounds became the trophies of His victory in behalf of the race. When
Christ hung in agony upon the cross, while evil spirits rejoiced and
evil men reviled, then indeed His heel was bruised by Satan. But that
very act was crushing the serpent's head. Through death He destroyed
"him that had the power of death, that is, the devil." Hebrews
2:14. This act decided the destiny of the rebel chief, and made forever
sure the plan of salvation. In death He gained the victory over its
power; in rising again, He opened the gates of the grave to all His
followers. In that last great contest we see fulfilled the prophecy,
"It shall bruise thy head, and thou shall bruise his heel."
"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear
what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be
like Him; for we shall see Him as He is." 1 John 3:2. Our Redeemer
has opened the way, so that the most sinful, the most needy, the most
oppressed and despised, may find access to the Father.
"O Lord, Thou art my God;
I will exalt Thee,
I will praise Thy name;
For Thou hast done wonderful things;
Thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth."
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