It is very tempting to jump right into Matthew’s story, concerning Jesus. But, for us to get the complete history of Jesus, and His legitimate claim to the throne, we must start from the beginning. As a result, I chose to begin at Genesis; this is where we will come to the complete understanding, of who Jesus really is.
In the beginning, we are told, God created the universe. The place from which we get the understanding, that God is Lord above all. Creating the universe, God created a subset of himself, Adam, and unto Adam He gave the kingdom He had created. This man Adam, after he was created, was given a law. Adam was told not to eat from the tree of good and evil, but although the law was given, along with its results, should he disobey the law, or covenant. Adam went ahead, with his wife, by his side, ate from the tree.
Caught in the act, he was thrown out of the kingdom. Adam’s authority to rule over the created works of God was taken away. The privilege of eternal life was taken away; death and labor would become his life, until the day he dies. However, God made a promise to redeem mankind, along with those who were predestined in Adam. We the people, the descendants of the first man, God made.
Yes! We were predestined, by God in Adam to be here, but on account of what Adam had done, we are born into a fallen world. We are born in sin, suffering the judgment placed on Adam, the first man. As the descendants of Adam, we are counted rebellious, because we are identified with him.
Nevertheless, God has established an appointment, a day He would revisit humanity, revealing His hidden face, a face He hid from humanity on account of sin. Adam was cast out of God’s presence; God hid His face from man, resulting in death. But on the appointed day, God will show His face once more, to humanity, a face we long to behold.
- 1. God’s covenant granting man rule, over His kingdom
- Genesis 1:26-27 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
- 2. God’s covenant, and condition to Adam
- Genesis 2:16-17 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou may freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shall not eat of it: for in the day that thou eat thereof thou shall surely die.
Adam did eat from the tree, resulting in him losing his eternal standing with God. Satan, for his part in the rebellion, was cursed, at which time God created a place of punishment for him. Satan having now overthrown Adam, illegitimately took rule over the throne of the world, from which we paint the picture, of man struggle to regain his position, but not without a savior.
In-order for man to succeed, he needs someone who is capable of fighting the battle, a spiritual battle, restoring him from death, showing mercy. It was the promise received by Adam, concerning the birth of a son, by his wife, who would crush the head or authority, and kingdom of Satan, whose seed is to appear in the future.
The curse and judgment