The coming Messiah

“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smouldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his teaching the islands will put their hope.” (Isaiah 42:1-4 NIV)

It should not surprise us that we have information about the coming Messiah centuries before he came. Most agree that the first indication that he would come took place back at the beginning: when God cursed the snake he said, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel” (Genesis 3:15).

The offspring, or ‘seed’, of woman who would crush the head, delivering a death blow to Satan, was none other than the Messiah in his death and resurrection. Although Satan did “strike his heel” in the betrayal and crucifixion of the Messiah, he crushed the head of Satan by conquering sin and death. Continue reading “The coming Messiah”