After Jesus died on the cross and came back to life, he appeared to his disciples over a period of forty days.

One of those times was on a road from Jerusalem to Emmaus when Jesus talked to two men. We learned about this event from our lesson about Rembrandt’s painting Supper at Emmaus. As they walked along the road, Jesus said to them,

“How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken. Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
Luke 24:25-27

When these two men hurried back to Jerusalem from Emmaus to tell the eleven disciples that they had seen Jesus, he appeared to them again and said,

“This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”
Luke 24:44-47

We have to ask ourselves, “What is the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms? What do we need to know to understand who Jesus is?” 

We have to remember that while the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms may not be familiar to us, the disciples in the day of Jesus had heard them many times.  They have been preserved for us and translated for us and when we read them, we have the distinct advantage of knowing that they are about Jesus. We begin to understand and truly appreciate that Jesus’ life, his death, his burial and his resurrection were God’s plan ~ God’s great plan to save us.

As we read these Old Testament Scriptures we can hear Jesus saying to us like he said 2000 years ago, “These were written about ME! They are talking about ME! Don’t be slow to believe.”

When the disciples saw the Lord Jesus alive, after they had seen him die, they were no longer slow to believe. Everything about Jesus now made sense to them. Their Messiah did not come to establish an earthly kingdom. The Messiah came to deliver the world from sin and judgement ~ to give us eternal hope beyond our wildest dreams.

The Law of Moses

There are many parts of the law that Jesus completed or fulfilled.
Do you remember what was done at the first Passover and the result?

Jesus is our perfect Passover Lamb.  Read Jesus Christ our Passover Lamb

The Prophets

A prophet is one who speaks for God. The prophets lived hundreds of years before Jesus was born; however, they spoke of him and described him.  

In the Bible, there are four “major” prophets and twelve “minor” prophets ~ a distinction based on the length of the book. The four major prophets are Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel. 

We will read about Jesus in the book of Isaiah

The Psalms

The book of Psalms contains hundreds of songs and prayers to God. Imagine reading Psalm 22 before Jesus died and not understanding it. Then imagine reading Psalm 22:14-18 and clearly seeing that it tells exactly what in fact happened to Jesus.

Psalm 22:14-18

14 I am poured out like water,
    and all my bones are out of joint.
My heart has turned to wax;
    it has melted within me.

15 My mouth is dried up like a potsherd,
    and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;
    you lay me in the dust of death.

16 Dogs surround me,
    a pack of villains encircles me;
    they pierce my hands and my feet.

17 All my bones are on display;
    people stare and gloat over me.

18 They divide my clothes among them
    and cast lots for my garment.

诗篇 22:14-18 Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified) (CCB)

14 我的力量如水消逝,
我的骨头都脱了节,
我的心如蜡熔化。

15 我的力量枯竭如焦土,
我的舌头发干紧贴上颚。
你把我放在死亡的尘土中。

16 恶人包围我,犹如一群恶犬,
他们刺伤我的手脚。

17 我身上的骨头历历可见,
人们都幸灾乐祸地看着我。

18 他们分我的外衣,
又为我的内衣抽签。

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