When Jesus was raised from the dead, the Scriptures quite literally became a different book. People had been viewing the coming of Messiah’s kingdom in the traditional, conventional, and wrong way. The resurrection opened up another dimension of understanding that had been previously sealed off to them.
Now when they read of Messiah’s enemies they would no longer think of those rotten Romans, but of themselves. The would remember that Messiah said, “Love your enemies.” They would then know how much He loved “them.” They would repent of their sins, having been conquered by His love.
We are not talking about mere word play. This is the new meaning they found in Scripture. It had been there all along but it took the resurrection of Messiah to bring it to their minds. What we call the Old Testament became a new testament. The apostles set about devouring it and their newfound understanding permeates the pages of what we today call the New Testament.
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, look to the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.