Finding Jesus in the Old Testament
Bible References to Jesus in Genesis
When doing Bible study the main focus of many Christians is the New Testament because of the importance of Jesus Christ as God in the flesh Who came into this world for the remission of sin, was rejected, crucified, arose on the third day, is sitting at the right hand of God, and will return to judge the world.
Throughout the Old Testament reference is made to the Messiah, and again to Jesus Christ literally as The Branch, Immanuel, and other titles like Savior, as well as by type and figuratively. More importantly, the role of Christ in the Old Testament as the Creator of all things including us should not be overlooked. He is present in Genesis 1:1 as “God” in the following as explained later.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Genesis 1:1 (KJV)
Genesis 1:1 was the first earth age including the dinosaurs, yet “in the beginning” means time eternal and not quantified which stretches the understanding of the human brain. We have the word “infinite” in our dictionary, but the concept of an eternal past may be beyond full comprehension. The rest of Genesis chapter 1 is about the creation of the current and second earth age which includes humanity. Consider another verse in Genesis before exploring the evidence that Jesus was the Creator.
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. Genesis 1:3 (KJV)
God spoke and things were created. There was no action or work that compares to our human creativity which we physically work and struggle over. “And God said…” means by spoken word alone He created everything in the heavens, the earth, and the sea. Continue to the New Testament for evidence that this reference to God refers to Jesus Christ, also called the Word
New Testament Verses with Evidence of Jesus in Genesis
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 (KJV)
The same was in the beginning with God. John 1:2 (KJV)
All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. John 1:3 (KJV)
Jesus confirms knowing Abraham nearly 2000 years before the nativity, and states with emphasis “Before Abraham was, I am” in the following verses.
Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. John 8:56 (KJV)
Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? John 8:57 (KJV)
Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I Am. John 8:58 (KJV)
And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, Who created all things by Jesus Christ: Ephesians 3:9 (KJV)
Finally, consider His response to the disciple Philip who asked Christ to “show us the Father”.
Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? John 14:9
As you read the Old Testament, realize that within the Triune God is God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and remind yourself while studying that Old Testament references to “God” are often Jesus. His documented arrival as “Jesus” was in the New Testament, and by knowing He knew Abraham 2,000 years earlier, finding Jesus in the Old Testament begins with the first verse in Genesis 1:1.