Jesus Is Explicit in the New Testament, Implicit in the Old Testament

That Jesus Christ is the subject matter of the New Testament needs no emphasis.  This fact is plain to anyone who reads it.  Open the New Testament to any page and Christ is the focus.

What is less obvious is that Christ is the subject matter of the Old Testament as well.  Some references to Christ in the Old Testament are clear.  They are the prophecies of Messiah.  These include passages about one to be born who would bring God’s rule to earth (e.g. Isaiah 9:6-7; Psalm 2:7; 2 Samuel 7:12-14).  Other passages speak of Him more obscurely.  These include, for example, the description of the Passover lamb.  This lamb foreshadowed the sacrifice of Christ for our sins and gave rise to John the Baptist calling Jesus “the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29).  Even the entire Passover feast itself speaks of Christ, such that the apostle Paul calls Christ “our Passover” (1 Corinthians 5:7). 

You can find Old Testament references to Christ by reading the New Testament.  This is much easier if you use a Bible that distinguishes Old Testament quotes clearly and give the chapter and verse in a sidenote or footnote.

You can also find Old Testament references to Christ by simply reading the Old Testament and being sensitive to the Holy Spirit who can quicken your heart when He wants to make known a reference to Christ.  When that happens, don’t take the experience lightly.  Pause and reflect on what you have seen.  Act on the light that such a revelation of Christ beings to you.  As you act on what you learn, more will be shown to you.  Nothing is hidden, except to be revealed.  Let the Holy Spirit make Christ recognizable in the Old Testament.

The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in biblical terms.

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