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Join us for JESUS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT. In 2024, we will watch and read to see the story of Jesus through every page of Scripture and know how to read the whole Bible in light of Jesus.

JANUARY | Jesus in the Old Testament

Jesus’s followers are heartbroken after his death. After his resurrection, Jesus meets two disciples discussing all that has happened. He conceals his identity and then begins to help them understand what he is about. He starts at the beginning of Scripture and teaches how God’s Word has always pointed to him—Moses, law and prophets. The New Testament authors later expound on this teaching in their writings to the early churches. Hundreds of references to the Old Testament help make the connection for Jesus’s followers that he had been the plan all along. He fulfills all of the Old Testament.

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FEBRUARY | Jesus in Genesis

New Man. Genesis opens with the grand creation of the world, culminating in God creating man and woman in his image. God charges them to multiply and fill the earth. God intends for them to take the beauty and order of Eden and fill the whole world with it. Where man fails, Jesus succeeds. Jesus is the ultimate reflection of the image of God (Hebrews 1:3). He faces temptation and does not sin (Matthew 4:1-11). Jesus brings God’s kingdom and will one day restore the earth to Eden (Revelation 21:1-4).

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MARCH | Jesus in the Minor Prophets

Zechariah, the priest, ministers in Jerusalem post-exile. Opposition stalls the rebuilding of the temple and people grow deeply discouraged. Zechariah reminds them that God watches them, is still working and will restore all things at just the right time. He points to Jesus through the coming Branch, a ruler from the line of David (Zechariah 3:8, 6:9-15, 9:9-10). The coming King will ride into Jerusalem on a donkey, pointing to Jesus’s triumphal entry before his trial and crucifixion (Zechariah 9:9). He will be a good shepherd and not desert his flock (Zechariah 11, 13:7-9). The prophet also points to salvation in Jesus, who will be pierced and mourned for (Zechariah 12:10).

APRIL | Jesus in Exodus

The Israelites’ dramatic departure from Egypt and God’s defeat of Pharaoh foreshadow Jesus’s defeat of Satan and how he will rescue people from slavery to sin. The Israelites grumble, disobey and wander in the wilderness for forty years. For forty days, Jesus is tempted in the wilderness but does not sin. Israel receives the law on Mount Sinai and then breaks it immediately. On another mount, Jesus re-gives the law in his most well-known sermon. In every way the Israelites fail to obey God, Jesus obeys completely.

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MAY | Finding Jesus in David's Story

Shepherd. David’s is a humble shepherd from an ordinary family. Following God’s directions, the prophet Samuel arrives to anoint the next king. David’s family doesn’t even call him inside. They do not think David could be the Lord’s chosen one (1 Samuel 16:11). Similarly, Jesus is born into a humble family who does not always recognize him as the Lord’s chosen one (John 7:5). David’s life as a shepherd foreshadows Jesus. Jesus even refers to himself as the good shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep (John 10:11).

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