The Bible is the Word of God and reveals to us Jesus Christ, the Son of God. In John 5:46-47 Jesus said, “For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?”
The need for Jesus originated in Genesis 3 with the fall of mankind and the entrance of sin into the world. We would absolutely expect to see Christ there, perhaps more than most would realize. I remember having a conversation with someone that was well versed in the scriptures and had even taught the Bible. He told me that the Creation story is irrelevant to Salvation. My answer to that would be to send them to John 5:46-47.
A theophany is a manifestation of God in the Bible that is tangible to the human senses. For example: remember the Lord appearing to Abraham in Genesis 18; compare with John 8:58). Christ is the Creator God; He didn’t just show up 2,000 years ago. (John 1; Colossians 1; Hebrews 1).
Most of the time when we see the term “glory to the Lord” this reflect a theophany, as in Exodus 24:16-18, the “pillar of cloud” has a similar function in Exodus 33:9.
Some believe that a visit from the “angel of the Lord” was in fact the pre-incarnate Christ. You can reference these appearances in Genesis 16:7-14, Genesis 22:11-18, Judges 5:23 and Kings 19:35 and other Scriptures.
Some Bible commentators believe that whenever someone received a visit from “the angel of the Lord,” this was in fact the pre-incarnate Christ.
Is Jesus in Genesis…you bet He is! If Genesis is irrelevant we might as well throw out the whole Bible. I didn’t say that…Jesus said that in John 5:27.