The Prophecies Of Jesus: Protoevangelion

Michael Funderburk (Worship Pastor)

In the beginning, God created. This Father of the heavenly lights, the self-existent Almighty God who is void of imperfection and deceit, chose to create life, not out of obligatory duty, but out of love. The supreme purpose of creation is to glorify the Creator. Of Jesus, we read in Colossians 1:16 that, “all things have been created through Him and for Him.” Absolutely everything in existence was and is designed to bring glory to a flawless, holy God.

Our study of the fall and subsequent redemption plan of man begins in Genesis 3. We see mankind’s act of foolish disobedience towards God – a pursuit of self-indulgence and distorted, mortal ambition. The fact that this single act of sin, albeit the initial blow, was enough to separate mankind from a perfect God is paramount in the story of the salvation of man. God cannot ignore sin in the least and justly refuses to tolerate it. Adam and Eve’s sin sets the scene for the most wonderful story of redemption ever told.

It’s a beautiful thing to dwell on how quickly God chooses to take affirmative action against the enemy. In Genesis 3:15, we see God immediately step in as Judge and establish His divine plan of vindication. He says to the serpent, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will crush your head and you will strike His heel.” Here, we have the protoevangelion or the First Gospel. God, being full of love and compassion, wastes no time in assuring us that His plan of salvation would come through an individual set to crush the head of the evil one. As the word enmity is used, we see this stark reality of antagonistic, spiritual hostility and hatred between the offspring of the woman and the evil one and his followers.

In 1 John 3:8 we read, “The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” As Christians, we cannot afford to miss this crucial understanding of Jesus’ death and resurrection in relation to the crushing of the head of the evil one in Genesis 3. The whole purpose of Jesus becoming fully man was to pay, in full, our ransom for sin that was so selfishly inflicted in the garden. In love with His children, to the point of leaving glory to become flesh in order to become the perfect, flawless sacrifice, God carried out His plan of redemption by dying and being raised on the third day. At the immediate point of Jesus’ resurrection, death was defeated. Revelation 20:10 assures us of the time to come when the evil one himself, the devil, will have his head crushed (Gen 3:15) by being thrown into the lake of burning sulfur where he shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will crush your head and you will strike His heel.” God had a plan. This perfectly constructed, inerrant prophecy was meant to bridge the gap between fallen man and a perfect God. “This is how God showed His love among us; He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:9-10)

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