Where is Christ in the Old Testament? (Everywhere)

“When (Apollos) arrived [in Corinth], he greatly helped those who through grace had believed, for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the [Old Testament] Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus.”  (Acts 18:27-28)

Where does Jesus show up in our Bible?  The Gospels?  Nope.  How about Genesis 1…    Paul wrote in Colossians 1:16, For by [Christ] all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.”

The disciple, John, began his gospel this way:  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…All things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made…”  (1:1-3)  Later, in verse 14, to make certain his readers understood he was writing about Christ, John wrote, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”

In his classic, “Christ in the Old Testament,” Charles Spurgeon wrote, “To the disciples on the moonlit road, the Master, beginning at Moses and all the prophets, expounded the things concerning Himself.  He is everywhere in Scripture; patriarchs and kings are types of Him who is the Ancient of Days and the Prince of Peace; the Law was but a shadow of good things to come, and the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.  The Old Testament was Christ’s Bible, and it is a Bible full of Christ.”

The early church fathers championed the axiom, “Christ is, in the Old Testament, concealed; and in the New Testament, revealed.”

Christ is Genesis through Revelation – the Living Word made flesh; the Alpha and the Omega; the Beginning and the End.

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick