Is Jesus really in the Old Testament? I thought he was only New Testament dude? After all, Jesus wasn’t even born until the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
There are many places and prophesies of and about Jesus in the Bible before he came to earth as a man. Here’s a couple of links of sites I like that provide examples:
My favorite example of a prophecy about Jesus in the Old Testament is Isaiah 9:6:
“For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Try this at Christmas this year rather than a traditional reading of scripture with your family. We typically do this just prior to opening gifts on Christmas Eve.
Read the above verse from Isaiah and ask who knows what book of the Bible this verse is from? I did this with my adult children a couple of years ago. My wife and I hope someday our kids will find a healthy faith in Christ, but for now, we wait and pray. Anyway, we usually read the story of Jesus’ birth from Luke 2:1-20, but that year, I asked permission to read another, shorter version of the Christmas story first. When I read the Isaiah passage which sounds very much like the Christmas story, I asked who know what book of the Bible it was from. Each of our children and their significant others know a bit about the Bible, but not enough to know that many prophesies about Jesus were made before he was born.
So after their guesses I told them the reading was from the book of Isaiah, a prophet that lived about 700 years before Jesus was born! Then I exclaimed, “wierd, huh?” Then, we pretty much moved onto the more standard version of the story in Luke.
Sometimes rather than preaching to someone we can simply create a little curiosity in their minds or some doubt about their current paradigm. Then, just be quiet and let them ponder this and figuring things out for themselves.
Consider trying this with your family this Christmas.
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