I have recently been spending significant time in the Gospels. As I have sat in my study, in the morning, I have found myself making the same sound effects as I might make when watching a thriller or an exciting game of football. I have oohed and arghed as I have read what Jesus said, did, and how he responded to those who opposed him. Despite the disciples being unaware of how the journey would finish, Jesus seems in full-control of his destiny. Indeed, it appears that every act provides a further revelation of his identity and serves as a step closer to Calvary.
However, as I have read, one thing has struck me more forcibly than ever before. It is not just the Gospels that provide an account of Jesus’ life. Indeed, the whole Bible, in all of its diversity, speaks of him. If you remember, Jesus addressed those who opposed him saying; ‘You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life’ (John 5:39-40). Now remember, when Jesus spoke about the Scriptures he wasn’t talking about the book of Acts, the Apostles letters or John’s Revelation. Rather, he was referring to that which had gone before. That is The Law, The Writings and The Prophets.
So, on that basis, I want to set you a challenge for the next few weeks. Whenever you read in the New Testament, an Old Testament quotation that speaks of Jesus……look it up. In doing so, you will be better able to appreciate the context from which it is taken. You will begin to see more fully how Jesus was the fulfilment of all that God promised and all that we needed. In doing so, I pray that you will understand how “Genesis to Revelation are sixty-six mirrors, held up by the Spirit of God so that you and I might see Jesus in all his excellence.”
Yours and His
Allen, Lewis: The Preachers Catechism, pg. 40