The Beginning of Redemption
Read Genesis 3:15 (ESV)
“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.”
If someone asked you where Christ is found in the Bible, how would you respond?
One common misconception about where Jesus is found in the Bible is that He is only found in the New Testament. But the reality is, once you learn how to look for Him, you realize that there are signs pointing to Christ all throughout the Bible. You see, the entire Bible tells the story of God redeeming His people. That story of redemption is often referred to as the “Scarlet Thread” by theologians and it is a storyline that weaves its way through all 66 books of the Bible. Dr. W.A Criswell wrote, “The whole of the Bible, whether the Old Testament or the New Testament, looks to the mighty redemptive atonement of Christ.”
So, does that mean Jesus Christ can be found even at the very beginning of the Bible? Yes, it does! In fact, His existence is implied in the very first verse: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1) and we know that God is a triune God (God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit). We see evidence of the Trinity in Genesis 1:26, when God created man: “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.’” The “us” and “our” refer to the Trinity—one God in three persons. That means that Christ was present at the creation of the world! This is confirmed in Colossians 1:16.
Over the next two and half months, we are going to do a fly-over of each book in the Bible. As we do, we’ll be on the lookout for signs that point to God’s plan of redemption through Jesus Christ—the Scarlet Thread. Today, we are starting at the very beginning. The title of the book even means “beginning.” The book of Genesis.
The book of Genesis is the first of 5 books in a collection called “The Pentateuch” or “The Books of Moses.” They are also sometimes referred to as “the law.” Moses wrote Genesis sometime after the Exodus from Egypt in approximately 1445 BC but before his death in 1405 BC. The first half of Genesis focuses on four major events that answer important worldview questions for us right out of the gate; creation, fall, flood, and nations.
Creation tells us that yes, there is a God who made us and all things. It also tells us how God made us—male and female in His image. Genesis repeatedly tells us that the world and everything in it was good. But then why is there evil, suffering and death in the world? The very next event, the fall of man, tells us why. God’s perfect creation was corrupted by Adam and Eve’s choice to sin. This sin separated all mankind from God. And yet, we see signs of God’s great plan for redemption right away!
In today’s verses, God is addressing Satan, disguised as a serpent who deceived Adam and Eve, causing them to eat the fruit of the tree that they were commanded by God not to eat. Because of this, the curse of sin entered the world and God pronounced punishments on the serpent and all of mankind. But in the midst of pronouncing curses, He promised a blessing. The offspring of Eve would eventually lead to One who would injure the serpent's head but Satan would strike Him on the heel (check out Jesus’ genealogy in Luke 3:23-38). This is the first prophecy of Christ and the first evidence of the Gospel in Scripture. It is the beginning of the scarlet thread.
As we read on, we see sin take over the world and God punish all of mankind, except Noah and his family, with a flood (Genesis 6-8). We also see different nations and languages appear after the tower of Babel in Genesis 11. After the nations scatter, we see God begin to build a nation for Himself in the narratives of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. In the story of Abraham, we see more of the Scarlet Thread. God made a covenant with Abraham that God would give him many descendants and through that offspring, one would come that would bless the entire world—Jesus Christ (Genesis 12:3, Genesis 22:18). The book of Genesis ends with Joseph’s story, leaving God’s people in the land of Egypt.
Friends, the Bible is 66 separate books combined into one volume. But it is not disjointed or random. Every story builds upon the one before until one big story emerges—God’s perfect plan to redeem and restore us through Jesus Christ. If you have never read the Bible for yourself, I encourage you to get started today. It doesn’t matter if it takes you weeks or years. There’s no deadline. Just get started! And the beginning is always a nice place to start.
God, thank You for Your Word. You are the author of the perfect story. And it’s even better that it’s true! Thank You for the promise of redemption through Jesus Christ woven all throughout. Amen.
~ Pastor Nat Crawford
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