“Put It In Reverse!” (Genesis 3:15)

I’m second in line, great! I’ll be finished in a few minutes, I thought. The truck in front of me slowly lurched forward, propelled by the heavy rollers moving along the wet rails. The automatic sprays were triggered as the truck entered the car wash, and then, it stopped, triggering a buzzing alarm. The attendant ran into the car wash then came out with a large mallet. This couldn’t be good.

 

“We are closing the car wash. You are going to have to exit!”

 

“How?” I had never exited a car wash once I entered it.

 

“Put it in reverse!”

 

Easier said than done. I put the car in reverse but my car stalled as it ran up against the rollers. I could feel the wheels slipping and grinding.

 

“Ok. Stop. Put the car in drive and move forward.” I quickly obeyed.

 

“All right, put the car in reverse and push on the gas to gain some acceleration,” I repeated the action but found the car bump up on the rollers again. I worried about damaging the rims of the tires. “Try it again!” Once again, I ran the car in reverse, gunning the accelerator and providing enough momentum to overcome the first set of rollers. Now, I had to successfully repeat it before I was free. What a metaphor for life! It is easier to enter a bad situation than leaving it! The proverbial genie cannot be put back into its lamp. Pandora’s box is opened. Perhaps all of these myths are distant echoes of something far more devastating that once entered this world?

 

Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

Genesis 3:13 (ESV)

 

The Bible clearly states how sin entered our lives and the world. As Adam and Eve quickly learned, once sin entered their lives, it could not be easily undone. No clever tricks or good deeds will ever extricate us from this dire state. No, to reverse it would require more than our efforts. It would require a supernatural intervention. It would require God to take the initiative.

 

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.

Genesis 3:15 (ESV)

 

Thousands of years later, God’s prophecy was fulfilled. God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to be born to a virgin woman, seeded by the Holy Spirit. He lived a completely sinless life and was horribly tortured and executed on the Cross. Satan did bruise His Heel. Three days later, God raised Jesus from the dead, forever conquering death and proving that Satan and sin could never contain Him. Jesus bruised Satan’s head, for all eternity.

 

Put it in reverse!

 

All who confess and repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will reverse the destructive cycle of sin and death. Praise God!

 

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

 

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