We hear of some tragedy. Someone has been murdered. Someone committed suicide. Natural disasters claim lives. Each of us individually asks God the same question: Why?
If you have read even to the third chapter of Genesis, you have heard God’s answer. God spoke to Satan, who took the form of a serpent in the Garden of Eden to tempt mankind to sin. God cursed Satan with these words: He will crush your head, and you will bruise his heel. The curse foretells of Satan’s minor triumph of putting Jesus to death in the body. It also foretells Christ’s great victory over Satan. Jesus rose from the dead, which opened the way for all people to gain eternal life.
How does this verse explain modern tragedy? Today when we learn of someone’s death in the body, keep in mind that Satan has merely “bruised their heel.” Jesus has already gained the ultimate triumph by giving that person eternal life if that person has put his or her trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior.