A Christmas present I received a few years back was a book called Jesus on Every Page by David Murray. This was a book I had heard about from a few different places and wanted to read. Its focus is in seeking and finding Jesus Christ in the Old Testament, something many churches, pastors, and Christians have been avoiding.
I’ve felt that the Old Testament was being neglected ever since I got my Reformation Study Bible several years back and was fascinated by the prefaces to each book that were titled, “Christ in [book name].” Adjusting my viewpoint to the one where you read the OT as a witness for Jesus, where Jesus is, indeed, on every page, was quite eye-opening. In fact, Jesus makes the claim that the Old Testament is about him in Luke 24:44 when he says,
“This is what I told you while I was still with you:Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”
And in John 5:39 and 46, Jesus urges us to look for him in the pages of both Testaments:
“You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me […] If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me.”
In fact, Blue Letter Bible says that the New Testament points to the Old Testament 855 times through quotes, partial quotes, and other references. Revelation (249 references), Matthew (96 references), Hebrews (86 references), and Romans (74 references) have the most, but it is exciting to see that 22 out of the 27 books of the New Testament acknowledge how important the Old Testment is in pointing to Jesus.
The whole Bible testifies about Jesus. Moses wrote about Jesus. David wrote about Jesus. Isaiah and Jeremiah wrote about Jesus. This should be of great encouragement to study and understand Genesis through Malachi, knowing that