What Is the Very First Prophecy About Christ?
Verse: Genesis 3:14–15
Though Christ may be alluded to in the creation story (along with the Holy Spirit, part of the “us” of Genesis 1:26), the first prophecy about him comes shortly thereafter in Genesis 3:15. After Adam and Eve’s rebellion, God doled out punishments to those involved: first to the serpent, then to Eve and finally to Adam. When God told the serpent that he would “put enmity” between the serpent and Eve, he was referring not only to their story but also to the story of all of humankind—a story plagued by the evil one, Satan. Only Christ himself, a descendant of Eve, would ever be powerful enough to overcome Satan. It is a victory in which all believers share (see Romans 16:20).
When the time was right, Jesus came into the world (see John 1:14; 3:16; Romans 1:1–6; Galatians 4:4; 1 John 4:14). He came to crush the evil that humans had allowed Satan to usher into the world, close the deep chasm that had separated humanity from God, destroy Satan, and free those imprisoned by sin and their fear of death (see Hebrews 2:14–15).
This devotion is from the NIV Case for Christ Study Bible by Zondervan. Used with permission.