Jesus Through Old Testament Eyes

  • Matthew Jensen
  • 22 July 2013

Our world today overflows with ideas and misunderstandings about Jesus. Who was he, really? What did he think about himself? How can we get at the truth about him today, 2000 years later? Amid the enormous diversity of views on offer, is there any way to really grasp the truth about Jesus? In this series of eight studies, Matthew Jensen answers these crucial questions by guiding us through several key Bible passages, showing that amid the competing opinions, there is a way forward: seeing Jesus as he saw himself, through the 'glasses' of the Old Testament Scriptures. Jesus Through Old Testament Eyes shows how and why the Old Testament is the indispensable key to properly understanding the life and ministry of the most extraordinary person who ever lived. It will help you to grow in your understanding of the Bible's big picture, and in your appreciation for the Lord Jesus and all he accomplished.

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Table of contents:

  1. Understanding Jesus
  2. The history and expectations of Israel
  3. Abraham: The father of Israel
  4. David: The King of Israel
  5. Return from exile
  6. The death of Jesus
  7. The resurrection of Jesus
  8. The present rule of Jesus

Before you begin

These studies investigate how the New Testament uses the Old Testament to present the gospel of Jesus. It traces how the significance of the events of Jesus’ life, death, resurrection and present rule can only be properly understood when viewed through the glasses of the Old Testament.

There are eight studies in all. The first study outlines the general method to be followed: because the apostles used the Old Testament to interpret the significance of the events of Jesus’ life, death, resurrection and present rule, they have provided us with an example and a pattern that we should follow. The seven studies that follow work through the events of Jesus’ life systematically, demonstrating that the use of the Old Testament is crucial to understanding these events.

As the Bible (not to mention the world around us) shows, Jesus’ life can be (and often is) badly misunderstood. But, thankfully, the coming of God’s Son did not occur in a vacuum. God had graciously been preparing the way for many hundreds of years, through the events and prophecies recorded in the pages of the Old Testament. When the Old Testament sets the parameters for understanding the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, we can have enormous clarity and confidence that we have rightly understood the life and ministry of our Saviour.

It is my prayer that these studies will help you to see the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ more clearly as you see him presented “in accordance with the Scriptures” (1 Cor 15:3-4).

— Matthew Jensen, November 2012