– INYANG OKUTINYANG
Jesus in the Old Testament
Someone once asked if you could teach about Jesus from the Old Testament. Jesus is all over the Old Testament. In Acts 28 the Romans were questioning Paul concerning the new revelation he was preaching. The Bible says that Paul then preached Jesus to them from the law of Moses and all through the prophets. In those early days of the church, all they had were the books of the Old Testament, and that’s what they preached from. But thank God today we have the Old and New Testaments, and we can teach about Jesus from both of them.
3 He despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
In this passage, Prophet Isaiah is seeing down the road, seeing what was going to happen to Jesus many centuries later. He’s writing about Jesus’ death, what He was coming to do on the cross at Calvary.
The Old Testament contains many prophetic writings like these about Jesus. In Psalm 22 you see Jesus dying on the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”. In the 23rd Psalm we see Jesus as our Shepherd, while in Psalm 24 He is the King of kings, and Lord of lords.
The Bible is a legal document. People have said that it is the best document on jurisprudence that there is. It establishes God’s covenant with man. Jesus is very God and very Man. By this we mean that He is fully God and fully Man; He’s not 50/50. The Bible calls Him the Son of Man and the Son of God. Thus Jesus alone qualified to pay the price for our sin, all mankind had been condemned as sinners when Adam sinned. No human being could pay the awful price, so God had to make provision. But at the same time it couldn’t be just all God. Jesus was the perfect Lamb of God, but He became a man so He could identify with us.