Where’s Jesus in the Old Testament?
Just like 'Where's Wally', Jesus can be found on every page of the Bible
The Old Testament is just like Where’s Wally. Remember Where’s Wally ? The guy in the beanie and the striped shirt that would be hiding in a crowd full of crazy people? What does he have to do with the Old Testament?
If you remember the Wally books, each two page spread is a different setting. It might be France, the Crusades, a party full of monsters, a science fiction movie set, or a cake factory. A Wally book is made up of all these different type of scenes.
Just like the Old Testament. The OT is made up of 39 different books. Some are books about history. Some are books of poetry. Some are books telling Israel how they need to get their act together. Just as there are different scenes in a Wally book, there are different things going on in the OT.
Most importantly, Wally is like Jesus. And no, I don’t mean that Wally died on the cross to pay for our sins. Wally is in every scene in his books. Sometimes he’s easy to find. Sometimes you can spend hours looking for him. But he’s always there. Same goes for Jesus and the OT. The OT is all about Jesus. It tells us that there is a problem and that someone is coming to fix it. That someone is Jesus. Sometimes it’s easier to see Jesus than others. Check out these verses: 2 Samuel 7, Daniel 7, Isaiah 53. Jesus is there - did you find him? As Christians, we need to look at the OT as pointing towards Jesus.
I’m always on the look out for a cheap copy of Where’s Wally? so I can go through it with a thick black texta and circle Wally on every page. Found him! In the same way, as I’m reading the Old Testament, I’m looking for Jesus so I can point to him in the text and say “Found Him!”
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