“He Shall Bruise Thy Head”
16"x20" Original Charcoal Drawing on Strathmore Paper
Never did Satan more terribly “bruise” the Savior's figurative heel, than during the gall of Gethsemane, and the aguish of Calvary’s cross. Yet Jesus more finally “bruised” (Hebrew: “crushed”) that serpent’s contemptible head, when He ransomed all men from the Fall on the day that He rose, glorified, from the dead.
He overcame the worst, and therefore, so can we. The image here is one alluded to by God’s words to the devil in the Garden of Eden, referring to Christ as the the seed of Eve, the woman: “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it [He] shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:15). Elder Tad R. Callister aptly said of the Savior’s atonement: “[Jesus’] suffering must have been more than a resigned submissiveness or a fist-clenching 'taking of the stripes.' It must have been more than a defensive 'holding of the fort' or raising of the shield to ward off the fiery darts of the Evil One. Part of the Savior's atoning quest must have included an element of conquering, an offensive struggle of sorts. ...There was a need to rescue and deliver souls from 'the chains of hell' (Alma 12:11). This part of the battle may have necessitated an invasion of Satan's turf, perhaps even an intrepid trespass into the dark abyss of the Devil's domain. ...The Savior's redemption was a one-man rescue mission to deliver the prisoners of all ages from death and hell, of which Satan was the ever-so-vigilant guard." (The Infinite Atonement, 129)
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