Christ in the book of Genesis

Christ in the book of Genesis

This is Michael Bell and I am issuing the CVB challenge. It is my firm conviction that Jesus Christ is the centerpiece, the protagonist, and the main star of the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Not only that, he is the main star of each individual book of the 66 books that comprise the Bible.

In the Christ Verse per Book challenge, we are going to be memorizing a key passage of each of the 66 books, and that key passage is going to teach us about Christ and how he is the central figure of that book. The first book of the Bible is Genesis, and the verse we are going to study is Genesis 1:27, which says, “So God created man in his own image. In the image of God, he created him, male and female he created them.”

You may ask yourself, “What does this have to do with Christ? I do not see the word Jesus. I do not see the word Christ. I do not see anything about a messiah.” Yet, when Paul reflects on this passage, in terms of men and women and the marriage relationship in Ephesians 5:32, he says that this passage is about a profound mystery involving Christ.

Let us think about it. What could be a greater mystery than a man giving birth? A man who gives birth to his wife is impossible. That does not happen. We are not built to do those types of things. However, if we keep reading and turn the page from Genesis 1 to Genesis 2, we get a more detailed account of how God created man in his image. He did not create them both at the same time. He created Adam first. He created Adam, and he planted the garden, and he told Adam to name all the animals. So, Adam begins naming the animals, and he continues to name animal after animal after animal, but he does not find a suitable helper for him.

Then, God causes a deep sleep to overtake Adam. While Adam is asleep, God performs the first surgery. He reaches in, and he extracts a rib from Adam’s side. From this rib, he fashions the crown of creation, the apex of all his six days of creative activity. He creates a woman. When Adam rubs the sleep out of his eyes, he looks up to behold this wonderful, beautiful woman who is far beyond his imagination or wildest dreams. He says, “This is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. I will name her woman, for out of man she was taken.” Now the Hebrew, the word man is the word ish and the word woman is the word isha. The woman was taken from the man.

That is certainly strange. Truly, in the Old Testament, there are a lot of strange things, like people being swallowed by whales and the sun not going down for a full day and a half. There are all kinds of mysteries and enigmas and strange patterns. What are these doing? They are pointing to Christ. He is the revelation, the one who makes all of those images make sense. The types and the shadows disappear in the revelation of Jesus Christ.

That is what happens here. The next one to be made in the image of God is Christ himself. He is born without sin. A deep sleep, figuratively speaking, overtakes him as well. He is crucified on a cross, and he is put into a grave. But when he comes out of his grave, he sees the birth of his bride, the church. Adam’s experience foreshadows what Christ would later experience.

Nevertheless, there is a big difference between Adam and Christ. In Genesis 3, we read how Adam and Eve disobeyed God. Because of their sin, the image of God in them was marred, disfigured, and grotesquely distorted. Christ came to reverse that distortion, that marring of the image of God. We see that the first Eve was not directly created in the image of God. I am not denying that she was made in the image of God. But, she is in the image of God because she was taken from Adam, bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh. Thus, to the degree that she is like Adam, she is in the image of God.

It works the same way with the bride of Christ. To the degree that you and I are like Christ, to the degree that He has washed away our sins, to the degree that we walk with him, talk like him, behave like He does, walk in his ways, love the way He loves, and forgive the way he forgives, we too are in the image of God.

So, “God created man in his own image. In the image of God, he created him, male and female he created them.” Dear friends, I ask you, “If Jesus is on every page of the Bible, shouldn’t he be on every page of your life and mine?”

Autor Michael Bell. Use with permittion.

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