Christ in the Old Testament

Over the past few months at church we’ve been working our way through the Gospel of John. Last Sunday we took a closer look at John 5:46

For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me.

I connected this dot to the resurrection appearance of Jesus on the road to Emmaus, where Jesus showed the disciples how the Scriptures pointed to Jesus (Luke 24:27).

The question that followed stumped pretty much everybody: ‘Where is Jesus in the first five books of the Bible?’ If we were to begin with Moses, could we make the case that the whole Bible is pointing towards Jesus? The honest answer was ‘no’.

The clear conclusion was even though some of us knew our way around the Bible, we didn’t know it in the way Christ and Paul knew it – we weren’t equipped to handle the scriptures in the same way.

We did take a brief look at some of the prophecies pointing to Christ as well as Melchizedek in Hebrews 7:1-3, the spiritual rock that was Christ in 1 Cor 10:4 and the inflammatory saying of Jesus in John 8:56 that Abraham had seen the Son. The sharp-eyed amongst you will have spotted that these were all New Testament passages, but they were at least ones that pointed back to the Old Testament and showed Jesus, Paul and the writer of Hebrews all saw the Old Testament as a consistent witness to Christ.

However at this point I’m going to do no more heavy lifting other than to point you towards Glen Scrivener’s blog series on Christ in the Old Testament and urge you to read those articles. Should that be too much, then watch him preach it instead and learn how Christ is either pictured, promised or present.

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