I would have loved to hear Jesus preach. On more than one occasion it says in the bible that the people were amazed by His preaching and that He spoke with authority.
One occasion I would have loved to be present for was when Jesus was walking and talking to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus shortly after His resurrection. He initially made out that He didn’t know what was going on but then this bit fascinates me:
And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. (Luke 24:27)
Oh I would have loved to have been there. It was hardly surprising that later on they recounted that ‘Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road’ (Luke 24:32)
If you are new to Christianity or unfamiliar with the bible, you might well wonder why we bother to read the Old Testament. What real relevance does it have for our lives today? But when you think about it, Jesus and the early church only had the Old Testament to refer to and it had everything they needed to understand who God is and what He wants to do with our lives. Jesus knew what His purpose was by studying ‘the law and the prophets’ what we understand to be ‘The Old Testament.’ He would have had revelation after revelation about where He fitted in to the father’s plan. I wonder what was going through His mind for example when he read Isaiah 53 and some of the Psalms which spoke quite clearly about the anguish of His death.
In my opinion, one of the most challenging verses in the whole bible is;
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16)
All scripture? Really? If this is true, we need to keep digging to find out how profitable scripture is. There is so much more than just reading it on a ‘surface’ level
Jesus’ shadow is cast throughout the bible. Sometimes it would seem that He actually appeared physically in what is called a Theophany. But He can also be found in the ordinances of the tabernacle and the sacrifices, the events and characters of the Old Testament as well as through specific prophecies. We will look at as many ways that I can find.
I have no idea how long this series is going to take. Many have undertaken to write whole books on the subject. But I think it will be a worthwhile exercise to study this subject in greater depth. As we do, we will get a much greater understanding of God and His purposes and get a better awareness of His great plan of salvation and a fresh revelation of Jesus. A worthwhile exercise I hope you agree.