“he will crush your head and you will 
strike his heel”
Genesis 3: 15

Reading:  Mark 1: 21 - 27

Satan: the adversary

One of the main players in the Easter story is Satan, the adversary, the accuser, the prince of this world, as Jesus calls him. 

It is he who entered Eden, in the guise of a serpent, and who deceived Eve; with the result that sin entered the world with death in its wake. One of the main reasons why Jesus came to earth was to ‘destroy the works of the evil one’.

In John 13: 2 we read that the devil put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot to betray Jesus. Later, in vs 27, we read that Satan, whom Jesus refers to as the ‘ruler of this world’, literally took possession of Judas so that he could destroy Jesus through him. 

Why was Satan so keen to get rid of Jesus? He knew his true identity and the promises concerning him; that Jesus was the one who would crush his head. 


Lord, this is the ‘deep magic’ that C S Lewis speaks of in his Narnia books; it was precisely in giving up your life and sacrificing yourself on the cross that you crushed the head of the serpent. Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

For the family

During this month, watch Season 1 of The Chosen together

The Chosen Season 1