Since Jesus is the Word of God it would make sense that we would see Jesus throughout the Bible. By doing some quick research you’ll be able to find pictures, and types of Jesus in every book of the Old Testament. In Revelation 13 John writes that Jesus is the Lamb, slain from the foundation of the Earth. Jesus becoming the sacrifice for our sin was God’s one and only plan, He didn’t trying anything before Jesus and never had a backup plan.
People often recognize Genesis 3:15, “He (her Seed) shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel” as the first sign of the good news. Genesis 3:15 is a prophecy that was fulfilled when Jesus died. Jesus was crucified at Golgotha, the place of the skull. He literally crushed the head of His enemy with the cross.
The book of Genesis is the beginning of everything. Genesis is the beginning of the universe, the beginning of humankind, and the beginning of the journey from sin towards salvation.
He shall bruise you on the head,Genesis 3:15
And you shall bruise him on the heel.
In chapter two of Genesis God brings Adam into the Garden of Eden. The Garden of Eden is a paradise that Adam is free to enjoy. God grew every tree that was pleasant to look at and trees that produced fruit for Adam. There’s a good lesson in there about how some things in our life are just meant for our enjoyment, life isn’t just about working, improving, and producing. Then God gives Adam a choice; He places a tree of life, and a tree of the knowledge of good and evil, in the midst of the garden.
That is an exact picture of the world we’re living in today. Today Jesus is the tree of life, but He’s in the midst of the garden. God never forced Adam to go anywhere near the tree of life, but it was available to him. God never hid the tree of life from Adam. We will always have a choice to choose Jesus or not. He is always in the midst of the garden. People who don’t believe in Jesus and what He did aren’t looking for the tree of life, but it’s there available for everyone. To think that God didn’t intend for Adam to eat from the tree of life, is the same as saying that God doesn’t want people to believe in Jesus. That is a misunderstanding of God’s heart. God’s desire is that everyone will be in relationship with Him and enjoy the fruit of it.
As soon as Adam and Eve disobeyed God and sinned, a sacrifice was necessary. The results of sin was fear, and trying to cover ourselves with our own efforts. Adam and Eve decided to cover themselves with fig leaves, something that wouldn’t last more than a few days. We do the same thing today, trying to cover ourselves by being a good person, we try to balance out our mistakes by being nice or helping others. That isn’t how God setup the world, nothing that we do can cover up our sins. No matter how many fig leaves we sew together, within a few days they will be dead and falling apart. God reveals in Genesis 3:21 that only a sacrifice from God could atone or compensate for our sins.
The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.Genesis 3:21
Jesus Crucified Redeems Us
In Genesis 3 God never curses people. God blessed people after He created them, and doesn’t change His mind. God placed the full blame of the fall on the serpent. He said “because you have done this” to Satan. There is no condemnation or curse put on Adam or Eve, but humans still deal with the consequences of sin. Sowing seeds of sin doesn’t make people bad, but the seeds grow and create disorder and destruction all around us.
In Genesis 3:18-19 God continues to prophesy about Jesus. He says “Cursed is the ground” “Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you” and “By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread”. Jesus on the cross redeems us from all of those.
When Jesus is on the cross He is lifted up and His blood is dripping onto the ground, thus breaking the curse that was upon the ground. Jesus was wearing a crown of thorns on His head. And now, even today, we take a piece of bread representing the body of Jesus that was sacrificed for us. The blood of Jesus made full atonement of the curse that had been placed on the Earth. The thorns that He wore now gives us access to the mind of Christ, rather than causing continual trouble. And the bread we eat is no longer a product of our own efforts and work, but instead it’s a product of His work, finished on the cross.