Today’s Bible reading
And I will pour out a spirit of compassion and supplication on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that, when they look on the one whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn. — Zechariah 12:10
More thoughts for meditation
To end up our collection of visions and teachings about Jesus in every book of the New Testament, here is an outpouring of teaching that tries to sum up and amplify what the Bible reveals about our Savior.
- Jesus tells us the Old Testament was pointing to what is revealed in the New.
There is no finer teacher on whether Jesus is to be found in the pages of the Old Testament than the teaching of our Lord Jesus himself.
He it was who said in John 5:39, “You [Jewish people] diligently study the Scriptures [which at that time were the 39 books of the Tanak/Old Testament]…. These are the Scriptures that testify about me.” That should settle the question.
But even more famously, Jesus rebuked Cleopas, and that other unnamed disciple, as they walked along the road to Emmaus on that first Easter Sunday, “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory? And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, [Jesus] explained to them what was said in all the [Old Testament] Scriptures concerning himself” (Luke 24:25-27).
Even King David predicted the resurrection of Jesus back in 1000 B.C. as he, too, saw what was ahead, namely, that Jesus would not be “abandon[ed] … to the grave, nor [would he] let his Holy One see decay” (Ps 16:8-11; Acts 2:30-31). Therefore, it is not unexpected that we, too, should find Jesus present in the events and the predictions found in the Old Testament.
It is only right that we should find that Jesus was both actually present in the Old Testament and accurately predicted, and that he would come first as our Savior, and then in a later second coming, would appear as the King supreme over all the earth. Such an unusual state of affairs is possible because he was, he is and he is the One to come. But sad to say, all too many miss both his real presence in the Old Testament narrative and the numerous predictions of both his first and second advents/comings. — Walter Kaiser
2. We can trust what the Bible says when we begin with Jesus
Bruxey Cavey is pastor of the Meeting House in Toronto, a multisite church connected to the Brethren in Christ.
3. One of our favorite teachers, N.T. Wright teaches us how to be biblical about Jesus
4. Here is one of the many films devoted to portraying Jesus in a biblical way
Suggestions for action
There is a lot of nonsense on the internet. So whatever you decide to view could do with a serious dialogue with your cell, pastor or friends who can make sense to you.
That being said, there are many inspiring ways to understand Jesus online. You just saw a few of them. Some are deep (like Tom Wright), others are designed to be so straightforward that children can understand them (like the Life of Jesus movie). Take some time to listen.
Look back over the entries for Jesus in the New Testament (you can bring them all up by clicking on the category in the drop down to the right on desktops or the folder icon below on phones). Were you moved by something in particular that is sticking with you? How should you act on it?