Christ is the Center of the OT

Revelation 21:1 says, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth.” Revelation gives us very few details about the new heaven and new earth. The lack of details is because the divine record is written to focus our attention on Christ. It is not written to satisfy our curiosities. Jesus’ words in Luke 24:27, 44 are:

And beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, He explained to them clearly in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.”

And He said to them, These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all the things written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and Psalms concerning Me must be fulfilled.”

In these two verses Jesus covered the whole Old Testament—Law, Prophets, and Psalms*—telling us that they are about Him. We should not be troubled by what the Bible does not explain. Instead we can pray, Lord, show me more of Yourself in every chapter.

One part of the Lord’s showing is His direct revelation to us while we read. Another part is through a Bible with good cross references, tying Old Testament types and prophecies to New Testament fulfillments. Occasionally we find “cross references” in the text of the New Testament. Examples are Matthew 3:3 which shows John the Baptist’s preparing the way of the Lord is according to Isaiah, and Acts 13:33 which couples the resurrection of Jesus to Psalm 2. Lord, keep me centered on You in all my Bible reading.

*In the Jewish Scriptures the “Writings,” represented by the Psalms, are placed after the Prophets. This is why Psalms follows Prophets in Luke 24:44. The Writings include Psalms, Proverbs, Song of Songs, Job, Ruth, and other books.

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