My version of ‘Advent Calendar’ for this December: following Jesus’ example as he put forth in Luke 24:27 of “beginning at Moses and the Prophets, he expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.”
Jesus used the O.T. Scriptures to back up His words and actions throughout his ministry while alive. He continued to do so after His resurrection. The above verse took place on the road to Emmaus as 2 men who had witnessed His crucifixion were discussing it on their way home. Jesus joins them and uses the recorded prophecies to help them to better understand what Christ had experienced and why. As He began with Moses so shall I.
Genesis – Deuteronomy are the books God used Moses to pen for
His written record to us – mankind.
Jesus’ life, death and purpose were not an afterthought with God. There was no ‘Oops, look what they did what must I do now?” No. From the beginning there had been a plan and a foreknowledge. God is God you know. He knew man would disappoint Him in choosing to reject Him in the garden. He knew man would need a Savior because of those actions. He planned accordingly.
Chronologically speaking the first verse that is brought out as a prophecy of a Savior to come is found in Genesis 3:15.
I will be the first to admit that it does come across as obscure in the casual reading. Especially to anyone who does not believe God exists, or who is looking for any reason to not believe God. Before I give the verse the setting is in the garden after the fruit from the forbidden tree has been eaten. Adam and Eve hide from God when He comes to walk with them in the garden. A conversation ensues regarding their actions. Adam blames Eve and God, (Yes you are not the only who blames God.) Eve blamed the serpent. (husbands/wives?? sound familiar) That brings us to the verse of reference: “I will put enmity between you (the serpent-who later will be recognized as an instrument of Satan) and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”
I do believe this is a prophecy of Christ to come - born of a woman, ref. her Seed. Who will deliver a lethal blow to the Serpent; who shall only bruise his heel. But, BEFORE you scoff and pass judgment saying there is nothing there pointing to Christ – what is the harm of digging deeper to see if somewhere further along that claim is established?
I shall be perfectly honest here – I KNOW I AM NOT capable of tying it all together for you with just this verse.
So why do I even bring it up? Because Jesus would have been more than capable of tying it together for those men had He chosen that portion of verses.
Regardless, His authenticity does not hinge on 1 verse alone. No. There are many more verses to consider if one is willing and truly desirous to know. My attempt shall be to bring out as many as possible through the month. Believer or not I hope you'll join me on this journey through Prophecies of Christ.
May this season bring you true joy, hope and peace