“We’re New Testament people, we don’t need to read the Old Testament.” “I just want to know about Jesus, so I’ll stick with the New Testament.” Ever thought or said anything like that? I’ve heard it many times. As Christians – Christ’s followers – we are focused on only what Jesus did and taught. But the Old Testament looks ahead to Jesus Christ. Check it out:
In Genesis, He is the Seed of the woman who will one day crush the head of Satan.
In Exodus, He is the Passover Lamb and the one who leads His people out of bondage.
In Leviticus, He is the great high priest and the perfect sacrifice.
In Deuteronomy, he is the Great Prophet to come.
In Joshua, He is the Captain of the Lord’s host.
In Judges, He is the one who faithfully delivers His people from the cost of sin.
In Ruth, He is our Kinsman Redeemer.
He is the anointed King in the line of David in the books of Samuel.
In the books of the Kings, He is the Spirit filling the Temple.
He is the great Teacher in Ezra and the Restorer of broken walls in Nehemiah.
He is the Interceder for His people in Esther and the coming Redeemer in Job.
He is the Shepherd in Psalms and the Source of all wisdom in Proverbs.
He is the Teacher in Ecclesiastes.
He is the Beloved Bridegroom in the Song of Solomon.
In Isaiah, He is the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace and Suffering Servant.
In Jeremiah and Lamentations, He is the Man acquainted with sorrows.
In Ezekiel, He brings life to dry bones.
In Daniel, He is the Ancient of Days.
He is the faithful Husband in Hosea, the Hope of His people in Joel, the Judge of the nations in Amos, and in Obadiah the One who warns of coming judgment.
In Jonah He is the preacher of the Good News, in Micah He is the Ruler from Bethlehem.
In Nahum, He is the judge of His people’s enemy, the Sovereign Lord in Habakkuk, and in Zephaniah, He is the God who is mighty to save.
In Haggai He is the Glory of the House of God, in Zechariah He is the Royal Priest and in Malachi Jesus is the Son of Righteousness.
Beloved, if you want to know Jesus, read the Old Testament. He is all over the place. Then read the New Testament with a fresh understanding of Jesus who was and is and is to come.