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An explanation of the concept of "Messiah" from Genesis to Revelation.

Key Points:

  • Sin enters the world. This happened when, at the coaxing of a serpent (Satan in disguise), the first two humans ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
  • God’s promise of restoration. Although the situation looks grim, God gives Adam and Eve hope. He promises that someone will come in the future and crush the serpent’s head and destroy evil.
  • God’s solution is Jesus Christ. Jesus tells his followers that he is going to bring peace and become king, but that he is going to do this by taking the full effect of humanity’s evil onto himself. This would be a tragedy…except that Jesus rises from the dead!
  • The rest of the New Testament claims that Jesus’s power is now available to all who follow him in order that we can confront the evil and sin in our own lives.

Quote This:

Genesis 3:14-15 (NASB) The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you will go, And dust you will eat All the days of your life; And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.”

See Also: Jesus, Messiah, Theology

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. What information in this video was new to you, or what was something that jumped out at you?
  3. What does this story demonstrate about God?  What attributes (characteristics) of God do you see in this story?
  4. Read 2 Corinthians 11:3. What areas in your life are you most susceptible to being deceived by Satan? How can you protect yourself in these areas?
  5. In what ways do we tend to ignore God’s commands or rationalize our sinful behavior like Adam and Eve did in the garden of Eden? What are some of the major areas of life where people tend to ignore what God says?
  6. Although the coming Messiah was predicted throughout the Old Testament and this was God’s perfect plan of salvation, he was not what the people expected.  Have there been times in your life where God showed up in unexpected ways? Explain.
  7. Read John 14:16. Do you believe that this verse is true?  Have you accepted God’s plan of salvation?
  8. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

This is part of the Bible Themes series and the Theology 101 series.