Introduction: Yes, It’s All About Jesus.

All About JesusMany believe that the Old and New Testaments that we have in our Bibles are not connected in any way, but the truth is that these two main divisions of the Bible are dependent on each other. Even though the Old Testament is not the covenant that Christians are under, it is very important for us to study it. This is because it tells us so much about Jesus Christ. If you wanted to sum up the theme of the whole Bible, including the Old Testament, into one statement, it would be this: it is all about Jesus. This is what Jesus is showed to two followers on the road to Emmaus:

“And behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14  And they were talking with each other about all these things which had taken place. 15  While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself approached and began traveling with them…17 And He said to them, “What are these words that you are exchanging with one another as you are walking?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18  One of them, named Cleopas, answered and said to Him, “Are You the only one visiting Jerusalem and unaware of the things which have happened here in these days?” 19  And He said to them, “What things?” And they said to Him, “The things about Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word in the sight of God and all the people, 20  and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to the sentence of death, and crucified Him. 21  “But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, it is the third day since these things happened. 22  “But also some women among us amazed us. When they were at the tomb early in the morning, 23  and did not find His body, they came, saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said that He was alive. 24  “Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just exactly as the women also had said; but Him they did not see.” 25  And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26  “Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” 27  Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures” (Luke 24:13-27).

These two followers of Jesus were troubled about the events that happened a few days earlier. The One whom they believed to be the Messiah who would deliver Israel from her enemies had suffered an excruciating death at the hands of the Romans. All that they hoped for was lost. Then to top it all off, the body had disappeared from the tomb. They had no idea what was going on. Then Jesus opened the Old Testament scriptures to them. He showed them how all of the scriptures spoke about Him; about His life, His death, His resurrection, and His ascension to His eternal throne. He used all of the Old Testament to show them this; the Law and the Prophets. This shows us just how important the Old Testament should be to us today. It is given to us to point us to Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul makes this point in two passages within his epistles. In Galatians 3:24, he states that “the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.” Also, to his son in the faith, Timothy, Paul writes, “from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15). These passages show us one of the main purposes of the Old Testament. We have been given it by God so we can be led to make the most important decision we will ever make: to submit to Jesus as his Lord and King.

As you study the New Testament, one thing is obvious: the writers of the New Testament were familiar with their Old Testaments. They quoted or alluded to the Old Testament scriptures a great deal to show us how it pointed to Christ, His kingdom, and the salvation He would bring. Once again, it is all about Jesus. So let’s examine the Old Testament so we can know more about Jesus. We will examine five topics in this series of studies which show us how the Old Testament points us to Jesus:

  1. Sin
  2. Seers (Prophets)
  3. Salvation Promises
  4. Shadows: O.T .Saints
  5. Shadows: Sacrifice
  6. Shadows: Feast Days   Coming Soon
  7. Shadows: The Tabernacle   Coming Soon

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