"The greatest event in history was when Jesus came to live among the people He created. The greatest event in your life was when Jesus came to live in your heart."
- Elmer Towns
This story of Jesus did not begin the day He was born in a manger in Bethlehem or even as He took His last breath upon the cross. The moment God spoke everything into existence, Jesus was there. He was present, as seen in John 1, from the beginning of time and is the epicenter of the entirety of the Bible. Christ is at the forefront of creation, the gospel, the revelation of John and everything in between.
It is simple and easy to see Jesus at work in the Gospels. He was born, alive, doing miracles and then physically died to save us. It is also simple to see Him in the remainder of the New Testament. These writers were sharing Jesus in everything they did, everywhere they went. It is not always as simple to see Him in the Old Testament though.
Over the course of the next few blog posts, we are going to find Jesus in the Old Testament. If this is a story all about Him, He is there, waiting to be found. Christopher Wright makes this clear when he states, "Somehow, and not surprisingly, the whole Bible comes to make much more sense when Jesus Christ, as the Bible's center of unity, is brought into focus in a way that affirms rather than overlooks all that went before him."
If the Old Testament is one entire story looking for the one who can be the fulfillment of the law and the savior of sin, the New Testament strives to show that this very person is Jesus. He is the one the Old Testament has been talking about and searching for the entire time!
Iain Duguid says, "To understand the climatic message of the New Testament properly, you first need to understand the preparatory message of the Old Testament. Only then will you be ready to understand the mission of the Christ whom God has sent."
These blogs may be a bit more academic than 'fun,' but I promise that they will not disappoint. This journey will lead us to a stronger foundation built through the Old Testament, so that Jesus can be lifted high in our lives.
Would you join me in finding Jesus in the Old Testament?