Jesus is seen on every page of the Bible. He is the focus and foundation of the entire storyline of Scripture.
We have called these glimpses of Jesus (specifically in the Old Testament) “Christophanies.”
Over the next seven episodes, we are partnering with Ellerslie’s Daily Thunder Podcast to show glimpses of Jesus throughout all of Scripture. In Daily Thunder, Nathan is teaching through a series called The Storyline of Scripture and then dives even deeper on this podcast to show one of his favorite Christophanies from that part of God’s Word.
In this episode, we dive into the creation account and discover that God has declared the Gospel and the amazing truth of our need for Jesus Christ.
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Jesus, as God, is the Creator of the universe (see Colossians 1:16-17 and John 1:1-3). When God spoke “Let there be light,” Paul tells us that the words came across the lips of Jesus. He is the Creator of all things.
Days of Creation
- Day 1 (Sunday): God creates light (Genesis 1:1-5)
- Day 2 (Monday): God separates the firmaments (sky and water) (Genesis 1:6-8)
- Day of no blessing
- Day 3 (Tuesday): Land, grass, herbs, trees (Genesus 1:9-13)
- Day of double blessing
- Jewish weddings are often on Tuesdays (example: see John 2:1)
- Day 4 (Wednesday): Sun, moon, stars (Genesis 1:14-19)
- Not merely for light but for “to separate the day from the night, and they shall serve as signs and for seasons, and for days and years; and they shall serve as lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth” (Genesis 1:14-15)
- Day 5 (Thursday): Fish, sea creatures, birds (Genesis 1:20-23)
- Day 6 (Friday): Cattle, creeping things, beasts, man (Genesis 1:24-31)
- Day 7 (Saturday): Rest (Genesis 2:1-3)
Seeing the Gospel
Just as God spoke light in the midst of darkness, so too God speaks forth light (Jesus, see John 8:12) into our lives. Jesus is the light of our lives!
But yet, just as God continued to work, create, and “sanctify” the days to bring about the finished perfect creation, so too He sanctifies our lives so that we’d be “conformed to the image of Christ” (Romans 8:29).
You see this in the daily pattern of creation. Every day has an “evening” (Hebrew: erev) that moves into “morning” (Hebrew: boker). Each day moves from the dark, chaos, and entropy (erev) and brought to greater and greater levels of order and light (boker). This pattern repeats until you get to day seven, where there is no more “evening and morning” mentioned — though there would have been a literal evening and morning, the reality was that creation had been perfected and there is no more erev that needs to be sanctified. This process of sanctification happens in our lives as well, until we either die or Christ returns.
God has declared His Gospel and purpose throughout the Creation account.
What an amazing glimpse of Jesus in the Old Testament!
- Listen to the Daily Thunder series The Storyline of Scripture
Show Notes / Additional Resources
- Ephesians 3:11 (NKJV) – … according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord …
- Colossians 1:16-17 – For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominions, or rulers, or authorities–all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
- John 1:1-3 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him not even one thing came into being that has come into being.
- John 2:1 – On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee …
- 2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
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