Monday, February 25, 2019

Acts 23-24~ Day 56~ The Old Testament points to Jesus!

One of the accusations the Jews had against Paul was, "This is the man who teaches everyone, everywhere against our people and our law and this place (Acts 22:28).  Well, nothing could have been farther from the truth!
Paul was justified in saying, "I believe everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets, and I have the same hope in God as these men themselves have, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked." (24:14-125)

I read an author once who said, absolutely everything in the Old Testament points to Jesus.  It is through that lens that we are to read Old Testament Scriptures.  For example, the Sabbath instituted by God was fulfilled in Jesus (Col. 2:16-17).  Every feast in the Old Testament points to Jesus and how he fulfills them (see John 7:37-44 when Jesus connects the dots).  In addition, the temple, a holy dwelling is now perfectly completed in the body of Christ, his church (2 Cor. 6:16).  And let's not forget the sacrifice system set up to foreshadow the prefect sacrifice!  So, clearly, Paul would not refute Old Testament Scriptures!  In fact, he used them to prove Jesus was the Messiah (Acts 13:16-26).

Jesus himself even said, "Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow form within them." (John 7:38)

I have a friend who has said that the Old Testament is null and void now that Christ has come...No, no, no!  No Christian should ever contradict Jesus!!!  He says, "For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished." (Matt. 5:18)
So, if you haven't read the Old Testament lately, I challenge you to do so.  And when you do,  look to see how it all points to Christ! 

2 comments:

Rapster J said...

Yes, OT points to Jesus! Paul proved He was the Christ through the scriptures, and that's the OT!

Walking with The Way said...

I want to learn from Paul, to be persuasive using scripture!!