Old Testament and Jesus

Pilot Knob Lutheran          Old Testament and Jesus                   3/20/2024

In eleven days, we will be celebrating one of the most important Chrisitan holidays of the year, Easter. It is then that we read or hear the resurrection accounts in the four gospels and 1 Corinthians 15. Rarely if at all is the OT referenced, yet the OT refers a great deal to the Messina’s resurrection, suffering and crucifixion without recording the name of Jesus or the word cross.

For instance, Job 19:23-27 “Oh, that my words were recorded, that they were written on a scroll, that they were inscribed with an iron tool on lead, or engraved in rock forever! I know that my redeemerlives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! Job was unaware of the meeting between God and Satan, believeing God brought all this disaster upon him. Instead of turning away from God he held on to the belief that he would be vindicated. He says, “I know that my redeemer lives.” In ancient Israel a redeemer was a member of the family who bought a slave to give him freedom or who provided for a widow. (Ruth 3:1)

Job firmly believed, and rightly so, that even after he died and his body had decomposed he would see God with his own eyes. He believed that in the end God would be on his side. Notice Job doesn’t give  up hope of being vindicated by God after he is dead. He believed there was life after death. Consequently, Job became one of the first to talk about the resurrection of the body. This of course was pointing to the source of his future resurrection and that of Jesus Christ who would one day pay the death penalty for our sin (Romans 3:23) by destroying the power of death, both physical and spiritual, by rising from the grave and promising all believers a bodily resurrection at the end of time, just like Job anticipated.

Psalm 16:9-11 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful[a] one see decay. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. King David has no fear of death because he is sure of the resurrection. Vs. 11 “….at your right hand,” i.e., the right hand of God. This was ultimately fulfilled in Christ, but again a reference to the bodily resurrection in the OT pointing to the resurrection of Christ.

Do you have confidence in your redeemer?

Pr. Bob Snitzer

By the Way:

Today: 3:45 Confirmation class. 

Sunday 24, 9:00 AM Morning worship service. Sermon: A New Beginning Exodus 34:1-8

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