Thursday, June 11, 2015

Drawing Near to Jesus Through the Old Testament

       “I find myself aware that in reading the Hebrew scriptures I am handling something that gives me a closer common link with Jesus than any archaeological artifact could do.  For these are the words he read.  These were the stories he knew.  These were the songs he sang.  These were the depths of wisdom and revelation and prophecy that shaped his whole view of ‘life, the universe and everything’.  This is where he found his insights into the mind of his Father God.  Above all, this is where the shape of his own identity and the goal of his own mission.  In short, the deeper you go into understanding the Old Testament, the closer you come to the heart of Jesus.”[1]

     [1] Chris Wright, Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament: Rediscovering the Roots of Our Faith (London: HarperCollins, 1992), ix.