The longer I actively live for Christ the more the Old Testament grows dear to me. And the more I read the New Testament the more I see connections with the Old. Various New Testament writers look to the Old Testament to explain Jesus, and refer to Jesus to explain the Old Testament.
Through Jesus we find Old Testament theology confirmed, its prophecy fulfilled, history reread through the proper lens, people expanded, and religion renewed. Matthew looked at Isaiah’s prophecies, John looked to Moses’ words, Stephen referred to Abraham and the temple, Paul drew from Old Testament prophecy about the ingrafting of the Gentiles, and the author of Hebrews cited the Psalms.
As I read through the Bible repeatedly, I see more and more connection between the two testaments, and God’s word comes to life and changes me. There are over 300 prophecies, written 250 years before Jesus’ arrival on earth, which refer to his birth, ministry, death and resurrection, and his role in the church. The following ten fulfilled prophecies listed refer to the work of Jesus’ ministry.
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