Scripture Passage: Acts 10:43
In Acts 10, Simon Peter testifies to the household of Cornelius, and reveals that Jesus is the Christ of the Old Testament. “To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins” (Acts 10:43).
Adrian Rogers says, “Jesus is the master key that unlocks the mysteries of the Old Testament.”
First, the Old Testament is a portrait of Jesus, who was to come.
In Luke 24:44, Jesus says, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.”
Jesus is who all the Old Testament prophets have given witness to. He is portrayed as the Prophet, Priest, and King of every story, from Genesis to Malachi. And when we read the New Testament, we find the fulfillment of each law and prophecy.
Adrian Roger says, “The Old Testament, without the Lord Jesus Christ, would be a dead-end road leading to nowhere, and yet, as you look at the Bible and back off and see it, you see Jesus everywhere—Prophet, Priest, and King.”
Second, the Old Testament reveals the prophecies of Jesus Christ, who has come.
There are more than 300 prophecies concerning the Messiah in the Old Testament. Throughout the Books of Law and Prophecy, God narrows the focus on a specific man from God’s chosen race, the nation of Israel. He was to come from the tribe of Judah, specifically from the family of Jesse and the household of David. The Messiah would be born of a virgin in Bethlehem, betrayed for 30 pieces of silver, crucified by the piercing of His hands, and then raised from the dead.
Jesus fulfilled each of these prophecies, and many more. According to the law of mathematical probability, there is no doubt He is the Messiah. And according to the Book of Revelation, He will come again.
Do you trust in the Word of God, and the God of that Word? You don’t have to understand how God runs the mighty Universe to put your faith and trust in Him.
Adrian Rogers says, “True faith is rooted in evidence, true faith goes beyond evidence, and true faith becomes its own best evidence.”