The importance of the Old Testament to lead us to the cross

Jesus, on the road to Emmaus, opened up the Hebrew Scriptures to his fellow travelers, explaining how all that had proceeded was important to what had just happened. This is something that is constantly repeated in the New Testament. 

“Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures.” (1 Cor. 15:3).

The suffering of Christ was predicted by Moses and the prophets (Acts 26:22-23).

Peter said all had been predicted concerning the suffering of the Messiah (Acts 3:18).

“As (Hans Ur von) Balthasar notes, we should not think that these passages are merely referring to a few otherwise obscure OT texts. Rather, these authors are reflecting the conviction that the whole OT points to, and converges on, Jesus’s sacrificial death which in turn is confirmed by his resurrection. On the cross, Balthasar concludes, ‘The whole meaning of that direction on which the nation (of Israel) was led’ reaches ‘its transcendent goal.'” — Greg Boyd, Crucifixion of the Warrior God

The goal of Jesus’s entire ministry was to inaugurate a movement in which people recovered the calling of Israel to be a royal priesthood. We are God’s image bearers. The revolution has begun. Our call is to return to what God intended.

Let’s be about that work.

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