Unlimited: Jesus in the Old Testament

Dec 3, 2019 386

Unlimited: Jesus in the Old Testament

If you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me (John 5:46, NIV).

Isaac was the child of promise who had been miraculously born. Later, as an adolescent, he was under the sentence of death for three days while he travelled with his father, and he bore on his back the wood on which he was to be sacrificed.

Now Christ, the true Isaac has come; to demonstrate that, he is offered at the same site, the hill of Moriah. He too can say, “The Father has not left Me alone. He that sent Me is with Me” (John 8:29).

Long before Isaac, Noah, after emerging from the storm of the wrath of God, had offered sacrifices from the saving wood of the ark. That sacrifice had symbolised a new covenant made with a new world – and so it was at Calvary.

The fierce outpouring of divine wrath against evil fell on the One attached to Calvary’s tree, that it might never fall on us.

God’s wrath, of course, is not like ours, which is selfish and ungovernable. His is a holy wrath, the inevitable reaction of holiness against evil. God’s wrath is also a healing wrath that brings salvation and holiness to all who are in sympathy with it. Whenever wrath threatens, there is the ark of safety available to all who accept the invitation to “come.”

– Des Ford (adapted)

Eli’s Reflection: When you read the Old Testament, do you see Jesus and the Cross everywhere? I encourage you today to take one of the stories of the Old Testament, read it and pray over it, and then write down how it points to Jesus and the Cross.

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