Summary: Where do you see Jesus in the Old Testament? He’s everywhere! Take the blinders off and just look!
This year we are reading through the Bible together, looking for Jesus Christ in the text.
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The Bible opens with these words: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Repeat that with me: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
We are looking for Jesus Christ as we read through the Bible this year. If you have followed the scripture readings thus far you have seen clearly that the God of creation is in fact, the Father and Jesus Christ, the Son. When God said, “Let us make man in our image,” this is more than the plural of majesty. It expresses the plurality of the God head in creation. Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As Genesis tells us, “The Spirit of God moved over the face of the waters.” And as several passages in the New Testament tell us of Jesus, “1 Cor 8:6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things, and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.”
The first book of the Bible tells us how God made man, showing us where we come from and how we got here. The first book of the New Testament tells us how God became man in Jesus Christ, showing us where we are going and how we get there.
Jesus Christ is the theme of scripture, from creation to Revelation, from beginning to end.
It was through words that God created the universe. It was through words that God preserved our history and revealed his will for us. Then we discover that Jesus is the very word of God who was with God and who is God. And as the Hebrew writer tells us, it is Jesus who now speaks for God to us today.
This week’s readings have filled our plate with these things. We have read of God’s plan through Jesus Christ before the creation, to the creation of all things, to man’s sin and fall into death, to how wickedness filled the earth and how God destroyed it with a flood saving only Noah and his family through the ark, to the division of humanity into languages and nations from Babel, to Abram’s time. Then we began to read of the amazing story of Job’s life and how Satan accuses both God and Job, and is allowed to test Job with loss and pain. It is a study on the suffering of the blameless, and we will see who finally stands condemned.
Our center of attention for the year’s study as we read God’s word together is: Where do you see Jesus? I’d like for us to see how we are not alone in this quest. In fact, there is so much about Jesus in the Old Testament that is brought to light in the New, you may be surprised.
I remember overhearing a discussion between a couple of Bible teachers at Harding once. They were debating about the value of the Old Testament. One said, three quarters of God’s word is in the Old Testament, and the other replied, yes, but not a word of it can save you.