There He is Again
The whole Bible is about Jesus.
Cover to cover. Even though He doesn’t show up, in the flesh, with the name “Jesus” until the writing of the New Testament, Jesus shows up repeatedly. He’s there at creation (Let US make man in OUR image), and in the fire with the 3 faithful guys in the book of Daniel, and often as “The Angel of God.” Over and over again the prophecies predict Him.
But let me introduce you to a term you may not know: “type.” A ”type” of Christ is a pre-figurement, a reflection, a pattern. It means that someone in biblical history lived in such a way that he provided a sneak preview of the coming life and ministry of Jesus Christ. If you’re reading along in the Bible with The ROCK, you’ve almost finished the life of Joseph. Here are some things you might notice about Joseph’s life:
- Beloved by his father
- Rejected by his brothers
- Sold for slave wages by someone he loved
- Stripped of his clothes
- Unjustly accused
- Suffered for crimes he didn’t commit
- Predicted that he would be glorified
- Vindicated and glorified
- “Saved” lots of people
- You could even say (at least from the perspective of his father) that Joseph returned from the dead.
Sound like anybody else you know?
After His resurrection, Jesus walked with some men on Emmaus Road. Luke 24:27 says that using these early books of the Old Testament, Jesus “explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself.”
Happy reading. And don’t be surprised when you bump into Jesus. He’s ALL OVER the Bible.