It had been three days since Jesus was crucified and buried. Two former followers packed their baggage and started the seven-mile trek to their hometown of Emmaus. There was no must be in Jerusalem any longer. Jesus was lifeless—and his kingdom wasn’t coming. Shortly after they set out, an unfamiliar individual joined them. “Their eyes were kept from recognizing” that it was the resurrected Jesus (Luke 24:16).
The disciples have been baffled that this mysterious man hadn’t heard of all that had occurred in Jerusalem. As readers, we’re baffled they’ll’t see whom they’re talking with! In mercy, Jesus opened the Scriptures and started what should have been probably the most epic Bible research of all time, “beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:27).
Let’s think about what he could have stated.
He could have begun with Genesis by displaying himself because the second Adam who resisted temptation and obeyed God’s instructions (Gen. 2–3; 1 Cor. 15:45–48). He’s the promised seed of lady who crushed the serpent’s head (Gen. 3:15; 1 John 3:8) and the better Ark in whom we disguise by religion to flee the waters of judgment (Gen. 6–9; Col. 3:3; 1 Pet. 3:20–21). He might have proven how Abraham rejoiced by religion to see his day (John 8:56; Rom. 4), or how he’s the promised lion of the tribe of Judah from whom the scepter shall by no means depart (Gen. 49:10; Rev. 5:5). Or perhaps that he’s the better Joseph, beloved of the Father, betrayed by his brothers, exalted among the many Gentiles, and the One who offers bread to a famished world.
Then in Exodus he might have proven that he’s the better Moses who leads his folks to flee judgment by hiding underneath the blood of the Passover Lamb on their method to the Promised Land (Ex. 12; John 1:29; 1 Cor. 5:7; Heb. 3–4; 1 Pet. 1:19). Or how he’s the true manna from heaven (John 6:31–35), and the water from the rock that can by no means depart them thirsty once more (John 4:14; 1 Cor. 10:4).
Then he might need turned to Leviticus to indicate that he’s the success of all the sacrificial system (John 1:29; Heb. 4–10). He’s the unblemished providing that was a delightful aroma to the Father (1 Pet. 1:19; Heb. 9:14–27). He’s the better scapegoat on whom the sins of the nation have been laid (Lev. 16; Heb. 9–10). He’s the better excessive priest who not solely offered an providing however who supplied himself for us (Heb. 7–8).
Then he could have taken them to Numbers the place he might’ve proven that he was like the bronze snake Moses lifted up within the wilderness, who would carry therapeutic from the serpent’s deadly chunk if seemed to in religion (Num. 21:4–9; John 3:14–15). Or that he’s the star promised to come up from Jacob to crush the pinnacle of God’s enemies (Num. 24:17; Rev. 22:16).
Then he might have gone to Deuteronomy to indicate how he’s the prophet like Moses of whom the Father says “that is my beloved Son . . . take heed to him” (Deut. 18:15–20; Matt. 18:5; Acts 3:23). Or how he’s the true metropolis of refuge to whom sinners flee of their guilt (Num. 35; Heb. 6:18).
Or how he’s the better Joshua who got here to steer God’s folks by the mighty Jordan into Canaan and obtain their long-promised relaxation (Heb. 4:1–10).
In Judges, we see glimmers of him because the One whom God would elevate as much as ship Israel from the oppression of their enemies and to rule over them in righteousness (Isa. 32:1; Luke 1:71).
Then in Ruth, we see how he’s the better kinsman-redeemer who took a Gentile bride to himself so she might share within the wealth of Israel (Matt. 1:5).
In 1 and a couple of Samuel we discover that Jesus is the better David who was after the Father’s coronary heart and who courageously slew the better Goliath of Devil to ship God’s folks from the disgrace and slavery of their sin (Luke 1:32; John 6:38; 14:31).
Then he could have gone to Kings and Chronicles to indicate that he’s the trustworthy King who by no means compromised God’s legislation, however boldly leads God’s folks to honor and obey the Lord in all issues (John 18:26–27; Rev. 19:16).
Then he could have frolicked displaying how he’s the better Ezra, who served as a priest and wept over Jerusalem due to her disobedience and rejection of God (Matt. 23:37; Heb. 5:7).
Or how he’s like Nehemiah, who cleansed the temple of God and rebuilt the partitions to guard the worship of God, all whereas refusing to retreat from the work he got here to do (Neh. 6:2–3; Matt. 27:42).
He’s the better Esther, who courageously surrendered her life to avoid wasting God’s folks from the deceitful scheme of Devil, the better Haman. He’s additionally the better Mordecai who was despised and headed for the gallows, but was delivered and exalted to the throne, undertaking salvation for the folks of God.
Then he might have proven himself to be the better Job who suffered, not due to his sin, however due to his righteousness. And although he was misunderstood, God raised him off the ash heap of disgrace to intercede for individuals who’d previously opposed him (Job 42:1–17; Heb. 7:25).
He could have then given a tour of the Psalms, reminding them how in Psalm 2 he was spoken of because the begotten Son earlier than whom all should bow (Phil. 2:4–11; Rev. 5:13–14), and the way his resurrection was foreshadowed in Psalm 16 (Acts 2:24–28). Or perhaps how Psalm 22 offers a prophetic image of the harmless One whose fingers and ft have been pierced by evildoers (Luke 23:33; John 20:25), but in Psalm 110 he’s exalted on the proper hand of Father to eternally function Priest and King (Heb. 5:1–10:39). Or certainly from Psalm 118 how he’s the stone the builders rejected that will turn into the cornerstone on whom God would construct his church (Matt. 21:42; 1 Pet. 2:4–7).
He might have stored going to Proverbs and proven himself to be the knowledge of God (1 Cor. 1:18–26), or to Ecclesiastes because the one who offers us plentiful life as an alternative of self-importance (John 10:10), or to Tune of Solomon because the better bridegroom who showers his bride with steadfast love (2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 5:25; Rev. 21:2, 22:17).
Then he might have turned to the prophets and proven in Isaiah that Immanuel was born of a virgin (Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:23), was indwelt by the Spirit (Isa. 11:2–4; Matt. 3:16), was the anointed root of Jesse (Isa. 11:10; Rom. 15:8–13; Rev. 22:16), and healed the blind, deaf, and lame (Isa. 35:5–6; Matt. 11:2–5). He’s the Prince of Peace who guidelines the eternal kingdom of righteousness (Isa. 9:6–7; Rev. 11:15), and the Struggling Servant who was pierced for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities (Isa. 53:3–9; Matt. 27:27–60; 1 Pet. 2:23).
In Jeremiah and Lamentations, he’s the weeping prophet who entered into our sorrow and lamented over sins that exiled us from God, as a method to show the Lord’s steadfast love and faithfulness (Jer. 13:17; Lam. 3:23; Luke 19:41).
In Ezekiel he’s the true Shepherd-King who cares for and feeds the flock who had been uncared for and bothered by abusive shepherds (Ezek. 34:1–24; John 10:1–18).
In Daniel he’s the stone who smashes the kingdoms of the world (Dan. 2:34–35; Matt. 21:44), the authoritative Son of Man who will choose all folks in response to what they’ve achieved (Dan. 9:7–14; Matt. 26:64), and the Anointed One who was reduce off by his personal folks (Dan. 9:26; Mark 9:9–12).
In Hosea he’s the trustworthy husband who was betrayed by an adulterous bride, but nonetheless liked and pursued her to have her as his personal (John 4:1–45; Rom. 9:25–26).
In Joel we see that the promised Day of the Lord’s judgment fell on Jesus on the cross, and that at his ascension he would ship the promised Spirit to all who would repent (Joel 2:28–32; Luke 24:49; Acts 2:16–21).
He could have proven how he embodies the message of Amos as he got here to rescue the poor and oppressed and convey the justice Israel’s management had uncared for to render (Luke 4:16–20).
Or how he was foreshadowed in Obadiah because the One who would carry low God’s proud enemies after which lead God’s folks up Mount Zion to inherit God’s everlasting kingdom (Heb. 12:18–24).
In Jonah we see him because the trustworthy prophet who gained’t run from unworthy sinners however as an alternative was swallowed by the whale of God’s wrath till he got here forth alive three days later to name folks to repentance. And quite than pouting outdoors the town in insurrection, his blood was poured outdoors the town to redeem them (Matt. 12:41; Luke 19:10; Heb. 13:12).
In Micah he was the ruler promised to be born in Bethlehem (“house of bread”) and was himself the bread of life given from heaven to feed a famished world (Mic. 5:2; Matt. 2:1).
His work was foretold in Nahum because the One who took on himself the simply judgment God’s enemies deserved to be able to make them his mates (Rom. 5:8).
In Habakkuk he was the One whom the prophet pointed to when he stated the righteous shall stay by religion (Hab. 2:4; Rom. 1:17; Gal. 3:11; Heb. 10:38), and the One whom God used evil for good in a means so marvelous that nobody would imagine even when they have been informed (Hab. 1:5; Acts 13:41).
In Zephaniah he’s the sovereign Lord who establishes the dominion by taking the judgment the folks deserve and restoring to all of them that sin has stolen away (Acts 15:12–17; Heb. 12:13).
In Haggai he’s alluded to when the prophet promised the glory of God would come to the temple. He is that glory who entered the temple because the better Zerubbabel (Matt. 21:12–17).
In Zechariah he’s the victorious King who comes humbly driving on a donkey. He’s the mighty department who would unfold out its limbs and construct the Lord’s temple. And he’s the One they need to look on and see that that they had pierced, and it ought to cause them to mourn and grieve bitterly over him (Zech. 9:9, 11:12–13; Luke 19:35–37; Matt. 26:15).
After which he would have concluded in Malachi, displaying that he’s the trustworthy priest who stood up in Lord’s temple and rebuked the folks for his or her lame and empty choices—after which supplied himself as the proper sacrifice (Matt. 21:12–13; Heb. 9:14–27). His forerunner, John the Baptist, got here within the promised spirit of Elijah to level Israel to Jesus because the Solar of Righteousness who rose with therapeutic in his wings (Luke 1:17, 78; Matt. 11:14; John 1:4; 8:12; Rev. 22–24).
As Jesus walked with these disciples on the Emmaus street, he interpreted for them the golden thread of grace that holds each little bit of the Previous Testomony collectively. He opened their eyes to see that each prophecy, image, and promise of God finds its “yes” and “amen” in himself (2 Cor. 1:20).
Studying the Previous Testomony to search out Jesus isn’t meant to be like taking part in “Where’s Waldo?”—trying behind each tree for a cross or each chair for a throne. We do, nonetheless, discover each express teachings and likewise implicit themes that push us to know that one thing, or somebody, better should come to satisfy them. Jesus proved this true that day following his resurrection.
Allow us to be individuals who learn the Previous Testomony with eyes opened, anticipating the Christ to whom its pages level.
For those who’d prefer to study extra about the best way to learn the Previous Testomony by the lens of Christ’s success I commend the next works:
- How Does the Previous Testomony Level to Jesus? by Bryan Chapell (video)
- How Jesus Fulfills the Regulation by Don Carson (audio)
- Growing the Talent of Seeing Christ within the Previous Testomony by Nancy Guthrie (audio)
- Jesus on Each Web page by David Murray (e-book)
- The Unfolding Thriller by Edmund Clowney (e-book)