Centuries before Christ was born His birth and life, His sufferings and glory, were all described in outline and detail in the Old Testament.
The information served as a fingerprint that would fit the hand of only one man in history.
Who He was to be……….Where He was to be born.
What He would do at His 1st coming.
When He was to come……….How He was to come.
How He would die……….When He would die.
Christ is the only person ever born into this world whose ancestry, birth time, forerunner, birthplace, birth manner, infancy, manhood, teaching character, career, preaching, reception, rejection, death, burial, resurrection and ascension were all prewritten in the most marvelous manner centuries before He was born.
Hopefully you are beginning to understand that from Genesis to Malachi, God has painted a portrait of Jesus. He has woven Christ into the ancient traditions and tucked Him inside the Laws, the Prophets, the Psalms and the Proverbs of the Old Testament.
In many cases, the Hebrew prophets subtly mention Him – there are hundreds of messianic prophecies sprinkled throughout the Old Testament.
In other instances, God commands the Jewish people to actually participate in the foreshadowing of their Messiah—Such as the Feast of Passover.
For thousands of years the Jews lived the promise of Jesus. By using the ordinary backdrop of Jewish life—sheep, bread, and grain—God traced the image of His Son so that when people came face to face with Him, they would recognize Him.
The Old Testament was like Jesus’ identification card. After He came to earth, all He had to do was flash it, and those who had been paying attention could identify Him immediately.