Jesus the Messiah: So many Christians separate the Old Testament from the New Testament, as if they are separate stories. The Old Testament, the Hebrew Bible, is essential in understanding the Gospel message because it lays down the foundation of the faith and in amazing detail.
Centuries before the coming of the Messiah Jesus, the prophet Isaiah gives us the essence of what is to come.
6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this. (Isaiah 9:6,7)
Jesus the Messiah shows us God’s plan
Like a courtroom lawyer presenting a case, one step at-a-time, God’s unfolding plan of salvation worked its way through human events. Man was shown the blessing of having a right relationship with God, yet out of pride, turned away in favor of a false narrative.
Man was then showed the consequences of not walking with God. Through the Israelites, we see the back and forth between man and God. We see how men manipulate the power of government, ignoring the will of God in exchange for personal convenience.
Israel went from prosperity to captivity. The law was given to them and an ordered society was created. However, faith and trust in God’s provision was exchanged for religion. God’s 10 commandments were turned into 613 individual laws regulating every aspect of life.
The nation of Israel was divided by political struggle. Yet God was faithful and forgiving.
When Israel draws close to God all was well
When Israel drew close to God, things went well. Godly leaders, men and women, governed with a sober reverence for God’s word.
But man, being man, wasn’t satisfied. They wanted more. Israel wanted their own king. They turned away from God. Centuries went by. Up and down the pattern continued, going from that close relationship to one at arm’s length at best.
Through ritualistic sacrifice, God gave them the opportunity to atone. But it was an endless cycle. God had to take His own action.
Isaiah tell us about Jesus
Isaiah, 700 years before the coming of the Messiah Jesus, prophesied of what was to come. The Christ would pay the full measure for sin and be glorified, not just as King of Israel, but as King of the universe.
There are countless prophesies in the Hebrew bible about Jesus, not just about His coming, but even more about His coming a second time.
Jesus the Messiah in the New Testament completes God’s plan
The New Testament only covers three decades or so of Jewish history. Call it the final chapter of God’s plan. But again, to fully understand the Christian message, one must look to the Hebrew bible for context.
Jesus is the foretold Messiah in the Old Testament and He fulfills God’s wonderful and prefect plan for the salvation of all of us.