- Moses and the Prophets pointed ahead to the day the Messiah would come
- Faithful readers of the Bible recognized Jesus as the fulfillment
- Our life before God depends on our understanding and faith in Jesus
Jesus said, “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me.”
God is always the hero in the story of the Bible. From beginning to end it is the story of God’s grace to a world that rejects him, but because of his great love God sends his Son to be the Savior. God the Father, points us to His Son Jesus. Moses and Prophets looked forward to the day he would come and spoke the prophesies from God about how he would save us. The worship rituals of the Old Testament that God prescribed for them were visual reminders of sin that had to be forgiven and the sacrifice that would take away the sin and its punishment.
When Jesus finally came, the faithful readers of the Scriptures recognized him as the Messiah, the Savior that was promised. Our life with God centers on him. Our comfort comes from him. Our strength in life comes through him. And finally Jesus will return at the end of the world to be Judge and bring his own to live with him in heaven. Jesus then is the central focus of all of the Bible.
- After Jesus rose from the dead he started talking with two people on the road to Emmaus. He said to them (Luke 24:44-47),“This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations,beginning at Jerusalem.