In Old Testament times, the gospel message that spread throughout the known world recalled the deliverance of the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage as God parted the Red Sea. It was this God, who in the Garden spoke of Himself as the seed of the woman and gave the first promise of a Savior. “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” (Gen. 3:15 NASB).
Later, God made an unbreakable covenant with Abraham… “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you" (Gen. 12:2-3 NIV).
Then the LORD said to him, "Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated four hundred years. But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions” (Gen. 15:13-14 NIV).
God was promising deliverance long before the Jews would become a great people in a foreign land. From a meager beginning of just seventy-five persons, God would cause the Jews to multiply in the land of the Pharaohs until their number reached over a million. Though slaves to succeeding Pharaohs who did not know Joseph’s God, the unbreakable promise of deliverance was unfolding as God’s plan moved forward.
Scripture tells us …“Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush” (Ex. 3:1-2 NIV).
God had a mission for the one-time heir to the throne of Egypt, one far greater than the physical deliverance from famine during the time of Joseph’s leadership in that empire. Moses would become the human instrument to take the Israelites out from four hundred thirty years of slavery in Egypt. It was time for God to fulfill His Word. But would the Jews enslaved in the land of Goshen follow God’s deliverer? “Moses said to God, Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' Then what shall I tell them?" God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you'" (Ex. 3:13-14 NIV).
The Creator God had identified Himself as the ever existing One. This One would take upon Himself flesh in order to be that Blessing to all the peoples of the earth. John the Baptizer would have the privilege of announcing the Messiah, the Anointed One of God, the Christ, promised since the Garden, who would go to the Cross, offer Himself as payment in full for the sin debt of mankind. The Apostle John writes … “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14 NASB).
Therefore … “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him" (John 3:36 NIV). The offer of eternal life and relationship with God is solely on the basis of faith in Christ’s Person and Work on the Cross.