Is Jesus in the Old Testament?

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“Jesus Christ is the same

Yesterday and Today and Forever”  

  


Those words from the writer of Hebrews can be found in chapter 13 and verse 8 of that great epistle. And although it’s chock full of Old Testament language and imagery, as well as direct and illusionary OT quotations; Hebrews is a wonderful portrayal of how the New Covenant is a testament of pure fulfillment (11:40).

 

 

In this amazing book, Jesus is shown to be for us: a better life (6:9, Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things--things that belong to salvation; cf. 11:35), a better hope (7:19, for the law made nothing perfect; but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God; cf. 6:18), a better possession (10:34, For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one); a better country, that is, a Heavenly one! (11:16, But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city); a better covenant (7:22, This makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant; 8:7-13, For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second. 8 For he finds fault with them when he says: "Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, 9 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt. For they did not continue in my covenant, and so I showed no concern for them, declares the Lord. 10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 11 And they shall not teach, each one his neighbor and each one his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. 12 For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more." 13 In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away; Those who are in this covenant cannot apostasize from it; And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. 39 I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them. 40 I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts that they may not turn from me. 41 I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul), (Jeremiah 32:38-41) which is enacted on better promises (8:6,  But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises; cf. 2:8), a better sacrifice (9:13-10:18; 12:24, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel), and yes, these sacrifices were executed by a better priest from a superior priesthood (7:15-18), This becomes even more evident when another priest arises in the likeness of Melchizedek, 16 who has become a priest, not on the basis of a legal requirement concerning bodily descent, but by the power of an indestructible life. 17 For it is witnessed of him, "You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek." 18 For on the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness; Jesus’ priesthood, is the fulfillment of Psalm 110:4; cf. Hebrews 5:6,10; 6:20; 7:3,17,21), He is greater than the OT temple (Matthew 12:6), and his present priestly ministry of intercession for us is ongoing (Hebrews 7:25), He is the same yesterday today and forever (13:8). And He has become to us, ...wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption (1Corinthians 1:30). What a Savior!

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