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 sparkler_Heather Rae Hutzel

 

I once heard it said that, “Our task is not to make every Scripture mention Jesus, but to discover how every text stands in relation to Him.”

 

The Themes of the Bible

If you have been following along the past couple weeks, you know my goal is to walk through the story of the Bible this summer. Given that I am still discussing the third verse, I realize we might not make it through the entire Bible, at least not in the time frame I intended!

But I have to linger a little longer, because there are some important ideas established at the beginning of the story that set up the entire world-view for the rest of the book. Here are the ones we’ve discussed so far:

Now, I’d like to talk about another theme featured in God’s Story. (Actually, this is the main theme and the one that has most impacted the way I read the Bible!)

 

Jesus in Every Verse

Most Biblical scholars claim that Genesis 3:15 contains the very first prophecy of Jesus. The verse is in the context of when God curses the serpent after he tempted Adam and Eve to sin. (Don’t worry, we’ll get there eventually!)

Now, while I agree that this verse does foretell of an impending savior, I would argue that the Bible reveals and foreshadows the coming of Jesus from the very beginning of the story. This can also been seen in the FREE excerpt I shared from my novel, The Book of Life: The Greatest Story Ever Told.

 

Jesus was not Plan B; He was Plan A

Jesus was a part of God’s plan all along, and the very first recorded words of God Himself reveal this truth. “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’” (Genesis 1:3).

The first recorded spoken words of the King reveal a prophecy and a proclamation of the coming Savior, Jesus Christ. Let me show you what I mean.

Take a look at the comparison below of Genesis 1 and John 1. We will bounce back and forth between the two passages. I think you will find the comparison quite amazing.

  • Genesis: In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)

    • John: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. (John 1:1-2)

  • Genesis: Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. (Genesis 1:2)

    • John: Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. (John 1:3)

  • Genesis: Then God said, “Let there be light.” And there was light. (Genesis 1:3)

    • John: In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. (John 1:4)

  • Genesis: God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. (Genesis 1:4)

    • John: The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:5)

  • Genesis: God called the light, “day,” and the darkness He called, “night.” (Genesis 1:5)

    • John: The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. (John 1:9)

  • Genesis: So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:27)

    • John: The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory… (John 1:14)

  • Genesis: God saw all that He had made, and it was very good. (Genesis 1:31)

    • John: No one has seen God at any time… He [Christ] has explained Him. (John 1:18 NASB)

Pretty amazing, huh?

Before human beings were even created, God was speaking light into our darkness. Before we needed a rescue plan, God was already providing one. From the dawn of all creation, God has been saying, “Let there be light!”

And what does light do? It illuminates. In the same way that God created light that would illuminate and reveal His creation upon the earth, Jesus Christ illuminates and reveals God and His Word. As we continue in our study of the Bible, we will see that Jesus is not just the rescue plan for our sin but the fulfillment of God’s original story.

Don’t forget, you can read a depiction of this part of the story in the FREE download of The Book of Life: Prologue!

 If you want to join me this summer in Discovering the Story or follow along with the Summer Bible Reading Plan, you can find out the details here!