Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Where is Jesus in the Old Testament?

In preparing for Sunday's message, I was reminded again that Jesus is not absent in the Old Testament. Truly, He is there. Sometimes, we notice Him clearly. At other times, He is there because we look at fallen humanity, and recognize that He is perfect.

In the book of Daniel, I have seen Jesus in several places...
  • He is the only one who lived with complete resolve to do God's will without one incident of wavering.
  • He is the king over a kingdom that will never end.
  • He is the rock that crushes the kingdoms of this world.
  • He is the 4th man in the fire who is present in mind-blowing trials.
  • He is found in the angel of deliverance in the Lion's Den.

This week, I have seen Him again.
  • He is the opposite of King Nebuchadnezzar who used his glory to puff up his pride and degrade people. Jesus had all authority and used it for our benefit.
  • As the handwriting on the wall reminds us that we are tried by God and found lacking in righteousness, Jesus identifies with us, takes our punishment, and we receive full forgiveness and life, as He experiences the judgment of God on the cross.
Jesus is there in the Old Testament, saving, helping, keeping, loving. He is there as a friend for sinners.