I recently learned something and I find it absolutely fascinating on so many levels. Did you know that when a snake’s head is severed from its body it does not die immediately? If you don’t believe me look it up! (I’ll spare you the pictures. BLAH!)
It seems that because the snake is cold-blooded- it takes longer to die because their low metabolism keeps their organs going. I read that the eyes still dilate and they still respond (not involuntarily) to threats up to an hour after the head has been severed from the body. Yes, a snake head can still bite you after it has been separated from it’s body. When you Google it to see if I am off my rocker, you’ll even see a news story about a chef who was bitten by a head that was severed for 20 minutes. He died on the way to the hospital before he could receive the life saving anti-venom. My skin crawls just thinking about it!
Why on earth am I writing about this? Well, for me, it’s just another example of things…truth…that God reveals in creation.
Satan has LOST. His head was severed when Christ arose victorious over death and sin. So why doesn’t this world reflect that victory? The severed head is still biting. Satan still has a sting and the venom is still deadly.
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
God wants to know you. He wants you to look at the cross and believe that Jesus came for YOU, shed his blood for YOU and conquered the grave for YOU. There is no time like the present.
But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame. For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, or, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true:
“Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:54-58
While the body is thrashing and the head lashing and Satan is still biting…he doesn’t know he is defeated. It kind of makes me look at that story of the chef who died before he received the life saving anti-venom a little differently. Jesus paid it all…life saving, life giving. Will you receive him before you die?