He said to them, “How foolish you are, and slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. Luke 24:25-27
Still unrecognizable by the two guys on the way to Emmaus, Jesus uses the Old Testament to explain who he was and what had recently happened in Jerusalem. The Bible doesn’t tell us what Scriptures he used, but he gives us guidance on where to start.
In explaining “all the Scriptures concerning himself,” Jesus probably pointed out how the ram offered as a substitute in place of Isaac (Genesis 22:13)—and even the Passover lambs—represent himself as the final sacrifice (Exodus 12). Or talked about how the rocks that provided water in the wilderness (Exodus 17; Numbers 20) point to him as the source of spiritual provision for his people (John 7:37). He might’ve listed the other crucifixion details in the Old Testament (Psalm 22; Isaiah 50).
Today, we have the benefit of reading the Bible to see how the Old Testament points directly to God’s fulfilled promises through Jesus. As we wrap up the week after Easter, may we live a life that honors Jesus’s sacrifice and the victory he has given us through his resurrection. Let us thank God for that today and celebrate as we listen to the Ada Bible worship team sing, “In Christ Alone.”
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Check out the podcast “Undeceptions,” hosted by our Australian friend, John Dickson. “Undeceptions” explores some aspect of life, faith, history, culture or ethics by talking with people who know what they’re talking about. In this episode, John looks at some tough questions that have been raised about Easter and the resurrection of Jesus.
NEW TESTAMENT READING PLAN
Join us this year as we read through the New Testament.
Today’s reading is John 2.
Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.