Grace For The Journey
Allow me to encourage you today with a marvelous reality of the Old Testament. Even though God used many different authors over many centuries, the unified theme and message is all about Jesus and what He would do to fulfill God’s promise of salvation to those who turn from their sin and accept Christ as Savior.
As you read through God’s Word, see how it points you to Jesus . . .
- Christ is the Seed of woman and in Genesis 3:15 we are told He will one day crush Satan (Galatians 3:10) .
- In Exodus we find the story of the Passover Lamb, and Christ is the sacrificial Lamb given for us (John 1:29).
- In Leviticus we read of the High Priest making sacrifices for the people, and Christ has become our High Priest, making the perfect sacrifice to atone for our sins (Hebrews 5:1-10).
- In Deuteronomy Moses prophesied of a prophet who would come that would be greater than Himself. Jesus is that Great Prophet (Hebrews 3:1).
- In the book of Joshua, Joshua met the Captain of the Lord’s host. That man is Jesus Christ.
- In Judges, the leaders were a judge who delivered God’s people, each of them typifying the Lord Jesus.
- In Ruth, Boaz, the kinsman who redeemed Ruth’s inheritance, is a picture of Christ, the kinsman redeemer.
- In 1 Samuel, David, the anointed one, pictures Jesus and Jesus is described as being the Son of David.
- In 2 Samuel when the king is being enthroned, the entire scene is descriptive of the Lord Jesus.
- The books of Kings speak of the glory of God filling the temple.
- The Chronicles describe the glorious coming king, referring to Jesus, the King of Kings.
- Ezra depicts Jesus as the Lord of our fathers.
- Job says clearly that the Redeemer lives and is coming!
- Esther offers a picture of Christ interceding for His people.
- Christ appears time after time in the Psalms, including when David describes Him as “the Shepherd.”
- Isaiah details His glorious birth.
- Jeremiah reveals that He will be acquainted with sorrows.
- Joel describes Him as the Hope of His people.
- Amos tells us that Jesus is the judge of all nations.
- Obadiah warns of the coming eternal One who has an eternal kingdom.
- Jonah offers a picture of Jesus being dead for three days, then coming back to life to preach repentance.
- Zephaniah says that He will be the King over Israel.
- Zachariah is the prophet who speaks of Jesus riding on a colt.
- Malachi is the one who calls Him the Son of Righteousness.
Can you see it? The entire Old Testament points toward Jesus Christ as Savior, and if you miss that, you’ve missed the entire point of the Bible. That is why we must be more than New Testament believers. The New Testament is not understaood without the Old Testament and the Old Testament is not understood without the New Testament. Someone has said, “The New Testament is in the Old Testament concealed; and the Old Testament is in the New Testament revealed.”
Jesus is the Messiah of the Old and New Testament
The Only One Who brings salvation
And is what the Bible is all about.
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”