When you fall in love with someone, you want to know everything about them. What is their favorite food? The music they like? Their hobbies? What makes them laugh? Twenty questions played out on a grand scale. When I met my wife, it was no different. Obviously it was successful and although I spent countless hours, it was really no effort at all. I wanted to know!
When I became a Christian, I fell in love with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I wanted to know everything about Him and the best way was to read the Bible. Like so many new believers, I only focused upon the New Testament and it was no effort at all. Familiar stories I grew up with, like the Nativity and Jesus feeding the five thousand, were now seen in a vibrant new light. Yet, there was the gnawing issue of the Old Testament. Three times the size as the New Testament, it was filled with unusual customs and named cities and empires that even challenge modern scholars. I was frustrated. Where is Jesus mentioned? Why should I spend my time reading it?
The great saints who wrote the New Testament only had the Old Testament to base their writings. Every book of the New Testament liberally quotes the Old Testament. It is the history of the Jews and starts with the creation of the universe. Scientists estimate the age of the universe at over 13 billion years, and before it existed, God always existed! Thirteen billion years is but a moment in time for our Almighty Creator! God chose to reveal it in the Old Testament. If I ignore the Old Testament, I ignore the same foundation that molded these great saints into the pillars of faith they became. And if I ignore the foundation, I ignore the reasons why Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. It is common sense yet, how often do I ignore this simple fact?
As he began his ministry, Jesus was about thirty years old and was thought to be the
son of Joseph, son of Heli…son of Enos, son of Seth, son of Adam, son of God.
This long passage from the Gospel of Luke traces the genealogy of Jesus Christ through His paternal line. If I did not read the Old Testament, most of these names would be meaningless to me. Thankfully, God, through the great saints of the New Testament, reminds me of the importance of knowing and understanding the Old Testament.
Where is Jesus in the Old Testament? He is in every book and mentioned by every author. The entire Old Testament points to the redeeming work of God, the Father, who sent His Son, Jesus Christ to restore the relationship that sin had broken. As the passage in Luke states, Jesus is the Son of God, and only God can be our Lord and Savior.
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.