In his genealogy of Jesus, Luke traces through Mary all the way back to Adam. I am particularly interested in this record because Luke shows that the Savior was coming for God’s elect among the Gentiles. And, well, I’m a Gentile. And chances are, you are as well!
We return to the promise to Abraham in Genesis chapter 22, but this time we will focus on a single verse that holds a promise of hope for Gentiles.
and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice. – Genesis 1:18
Within the same verses that promised a Messiah to the Jews through their lineage, God promises a Savior for His elect among the Gentiles! The phrase “all the nations of the earth” tells us that the Messiah was not coming to only save Jews but God’s people from all over the world. As it is also recorded when John looked into eternity in the Book of Revelation:
And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; – Revelation 5:9
Luke proves to us that Jesus has ties to all nations of men by tracing the lineage of Jesus through Abraham and all the way back to Adam. When Adam and Eve transgressed in the garden, we find the very first promise of the Messiah before there were different nations and races.
and I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. – Genesis 3:15
In this promise, the Messiah will be hurt by Satan but will, at the same time, destroy Satan. This occurred when Jesus was on the cross. He delivered a death blow to Satan and conquered death, hell, and the grave for us!