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A Model for How to Teach About Jesus From the Old Testament (Matthew 1-2)

In Luke 24:19-27, we see Jesus explaining the gospel. One of the things that makes this passage interesting is that he teaches about himself from the Old Testament:

And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it

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Q&A: What Does Jesus Say About the Old Testament and His Identity?

When we share the gospel, we point back to the completed work of Christ; we point to the mystery that has been fully revealed (Romans 16:25-26). However, as Jesus shared the gospel, he shared an unfolding gospel.  As such, when Jesus shared the gospel, he spoke of the start of God’s Kingdom[1], he spoke of himself as the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy, he spoke of his work yet to be accomplished, and he taught eschatology. For Jesus, sharing the gospel is, necessarily, teaching about himself and connecting the rich history of Old Testament prophecy to his ministry.

Jesus Indicates that the Old Testament Speaks Frequently and Understandably About Himself

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Personal Study Observations: Old Testament Prophecy About Jesus

Some Old Testament prophecies concerning the Christ describe his first coming—the incarnation—while others deal with his triumphant return in the Second Coming.  At times, Old Testament prophecies will deal with the former, the latter, or a combination of both in the same passage.  So, now when we read the Bible, it will serve us well to ask ourselves this question when reading Old Testament prophecy about Christ: “Is it speaking of the first coming and events which have been fulfilled, or is it speaking of the second coming, for which we await fulfillment in his return?”


For an example of a prophecy about the atoning work of Jesus, which has been fulfilled:

By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth. (Isaiah 53:8-9 ESV)


For an example of a prophecy that is awaiting fulfillment in the second coming:

Then the LORD will

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