“O foolish ones and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into His glory” (Luke 24:25-27)?


Could Jesus’ rebuke on the Emmaus road be applied to us today? Many Christians rarely look at the Old Testament Scriptures, let alone are proficient in knowing how they point to Jesus. But even those who were steeped in the Scriptures were chided by Jesus when He told the Scribes and Pharisees, “You pore over the scriptures because you presume that by them you possess eternal life. These are the very words that testify about Me, yet you refuse to come to Me to have life…” (John 5:39). Thus, even a vast knowledge of the Word of God does not guarantee that we are able to see how central Christ is to the themes and meaning of the Old Testament text.

Throughout the events of Good Friday, Old Testament Scriptures were being quoted and prophecies fulfilled. Don’t you wish it had been the Lord’s will for the Holy Spirit to inspire one of those disciples on the Emmaus road to write down all that Jesus said to them about how Moses and the Prophets had testified about Him? For some reason He did not reveal the contents of that evening, but we can explore these passages ourselves, and ask the Holy Spirit to open our eyes and hearts to the glories contained therein. The knowledge of these prophecies will only serve to deepen our appreciation of God’s plan unfolding from before the foundations of the earth, and deepen our wonder at how He has woven all of this together to give us grace and salvation.

• How much of your Bible reading and study time has been devoted to the Old Testament? How would that time compare to your study of the New Testament?
• When you read the gospel accounts of the events of Good Friday, how aware have you been of the quotations from the Old Testament Scriptures, and fulfilling of prophecy?
• If someone were to ask you where to find Jesus in the Old Testament, where would you point them?

Lord, open my eyes to see You more clearly. Help me to better appreciate how the whole of Scripture points to You, and the glory of Your plan which has unfolded from before the foundations of the world.

by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries
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