The Old Testament (that is, the Hebrew Bible) Is About Jesus Christ – His Suffering and Glory

Elsewhere I have posted that the Old Testament (that is, the Hebrew Bible) is about Jesus Christ.  More specifically, it is about His suffering and glory.  See the following New Testament verses which bring out this truth (some of which are repeated from the other post):

Luke 24:25-27, 44-48

John 7:39; 12:16, 23  (These verses mention the glory that would follow the suffering, without mentioning the suffering explicitly.)

Acts 3:13, 18-26

Acts 8:26-35 (This passage testifies only about the sufferings and does not reference the glories, though they are implied by the context)

Acts 13:26-41 (verses 27-29 speak of His suffering; verses 30-37 speak of His glory)

Acts 26:22-23

Romans 8:17-18, 19-22  (This passage speaks of believers partaking in Messiah’s sufferings and glories; similar passages are Philippians 2:5-11 and 2 Corinthians 4:17-18, both mentioned farther below)

1 Corinthians 15:1-8 (In a nutshell, crucifixion was the suffering and resurrection was the glory.)

1 Peter 1:10-12

The theme of suffering and glory found in the New Testament (as shown above) can be traced to the messianic passages of the Old Testament.  Sometimes such a passage will speak of Christ’s suffering; one such passage is Isaiah 53:7-8.  Other times a passage will speak of Christ’s glory, such as Isaiah 52:13.  And then there are even single verses that speak of both suffering and glory, like Psalm 118:22.

Concepts synonymous with “suffering and glory” would include “humility and exaltation” as seen in Philippians 2:5-11, and “affliction and glory” as seen in 2 Corinthians 4:17-18.  Thus just as Christ suffered before He was glorified, He could be said to have humbled Himself before He was exalted, and afflicted before He was glorified.  (See this theme also in James 4:10 and 1 Peter 5:5-6).

For more on Messiah’s suffering and glory as found in the Old Testament, look under the “Category” (to the right, in the sidebar) for “Suffering and Glory.”

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim 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, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

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