Jesus Throughout Scripture: Genesis

Let’s dive into scripture each week and look at Jesus as He is revealed to us. Some of us already know that Jesus is in every book of the Bible. Others do not realize that He is mentioned and appears throughout scripture for us to see if we just look closely.  Whether this is a refresher or something new I invite you to join me for the journey.  Here we go. Slip on your sandals.

Shoes and Water courtesy of Lutz Schimpf

Shoes and Water courtesy of Lutz Schimpf

First Read About the Road to Emmaus

13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them;16 but they were kept from recognizing him.

17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”

They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

19 “What things?” he asked.

“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”

25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.

30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

Shock, Education, and Awe

Imagine we are the men on the road to Emmaus. We have been walking with Jesus all this time and had no idea it was Him.

We talked to him about all that had happened in Jerusalem, and told him all about him and the crucifixion.

Imagine their emotions. Imagine the way they carried themselves away from the city with their hopes diminished.

See their faces in your minds when Jesus reveals it is Him they have been speaking of and their delight as he pours forth the revelation of the scriptures.

He tells them about all the prophecies that His life, death, and resurrection have fulfilled, and then he vanishes.

The speak of how their hearts have burned within them.

In the same way He sits with us today and wants to reveal Himself to us in the Holy Scriptures.

Revelation

So let’s begin in Genesis with His description. We find Him being spoken of first in Genesis.

For this purpose we will use the King James Version.

He is first revealed as our Creator.

Although we wouldn’t normally recognize him here because Jesus is mentioned by name, the Hebrew is written with two letters “alef” and “tav”.  These are the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet.  The English translation omits them, but they are there in the original Hebrew when we read our English version of,

“In the beginning God created, the heaven and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 KJV  It is the fourth word we find.  Jesus himself tells us that He is the Alpha and the Omega in Revelation chapter one and verse eight.  These happen to be the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet also.

If we examine that Jesus also said, “Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.” “Before Abraham was born, I Am.” John 8:56, 58b NIV  “Moses wrote of me.”John 5:46 NIV

In Colossians 1:15-18 NIV, Paul wrote, “He is the image of the invisible go, the firstborn over all creation.  For by him all things were created:  things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones of powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.  He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” 

So we have seen much evidence, and there is more that can be found in other places that I will list below for your own devotional time to uphold that Jesus is in fact our Creator God.

Meditate this week on Jesus as your Creator who made you and everything you see and don’t see.  That what you look upon that is breathtakingly beautiful knitted you together in the womb and holds you together friend.

Here is more evidence that Jesus is our Creator:

Luke 24:44 NIV, John 1:1-14, John 10:30, Hebrews 11:3