Is Christ central to the Scriptures
The Holy Scriptures, the Bible is a compilation of 66 books written over a period of about 1500 years (1400BC – 95AD). Penned by over 40 people in 3 different languages from varied walks of life and living under different circumstances; in wealth, in poverty, in prison, in the palace, in Greece, in Jerusalem, in Babylon and everywhere in between. The amazing thing is that although there are many writers there are no contradictions. One central message and everyone is agreed on that.
Jesus says He was written about by Moses, in the Pentateuch. Galatians 3:24 states the Law was a tutor to lead us to Christ.
He is the image of the invisible God,Colossians 1:15-17 HCSB
the firstborn over all creation.
For everything was created by Him,
in heaven and on earth,
the visible and the invisible,
whether thrones or dominions
or rulers or authorities—
all things have been created through Him and for Him.
He is before all things,
and by Him all things hold together.
What did Jesus say about Himself in the Scriptures?
“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.Matthew 5:17-18
You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that bear witness of me . . . For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me.John 5:39, 46
And He answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you have seen and heard: the BLIND RECEIVE SIGHT, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the POOR HAVE THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM.Luke 7:22
This verse clearly shows that He is the One who came to fulfill Scripture. There are hundreds of prophesies about Christ, most have been fulfilled. They have always been fulfilled literally. Therefore it is to presume that future prophesies will also be fulfilled literally to fulfill what the Scriptures say.
Now He said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,Luke 24:44-45
We saw earlier that the first five books talk about Christ. What Psalms is He talking about here? It seems rather subjective to pick verses in the Psalms, because they are in the poetic genre. Many verses sound like it could be Jesus but who’s to say they aren’t just talking about something similar?. Can we know for sure? I submit to you we most certainly can because the New Testament Scriptures comment on the Psalms.
Psalm 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 14, 16, 18, 19, 22, 24, 31, 32, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 40, 41, 42, 44, 45, 48, 51, 53, 55, 62, 68, 69, 72, 78, 82, etc etc…clic below to see a list.
2:1, 2 Acts 4:25, 26 2:7 Acts 13:33; Hebrews 1:5 ; 5:5 2:8, 9 Revelation 2:26, 27; 12:5; 19:15 4:4 Ephesians 4:26 5:9 Romans 3:13 6:3a John 12:27 6:8 Matthew 7:23; Luke 13:27 8:2 Matthew 21:16 8:4-6 Hebrews 2:6-8 8:6 1 Corinthians 15:27; Ephesians 1:22 10:7 Romans 3:14 14:1c, 2b, 3 Romans 3:10-12 16:8.-11 Acts …
How can we know, for instance, Psalm 22 is specifically about Christ?
Psalm 22:1 is fulfilled by Jesus and written down by Matthew 27:46. Perhaps at this point saying that just because Jesus said those words they have to be prophetic. But, Psalm 22 is quoted all through the New Testament and used in reference to Christ. Psalm 22:7 is quoted and fulfilled in Matthew 27:43. Psalm 22:18 is quoted and fulfilled and recorded in all 4 Gospel accounts. Psalm 22:16-17 is quoted and fulfilled by Christ and written in John. Psalm 22:22 is quoted in Heb 2:12 referring to Christ.
The exilic books
Daniel, Ezekiel and Zachariah and Jeremiah are full of prophecies regarding Christ’s first coming and second coming and new covenant promises to Israel fulfilled literally on earth through Christ. We see the glorified Christ.
The New Testament
He is the Word (logos) (John 1:1-3). (John 5:39, 46)
The Gospel – which is about Christ and His work of dying on the cross for our sins and rising again is according to the Scriptures (1 Cor 15:1-4).
The Holy Spirit was sent to us to teach us all things pertinent to Christ and the Father. He works hand in hand with the Scriptures.
Below I will post a list a guy by the name of Philip Nation shared (many thanks to Philip for putting it together)…
Christ in the Bible Genesis – Creator & promised Redeemer Exodus – the Passover Lamb Leviticus – High Priest Numbers – water in the desert Deuteronomy – He becomes the curse for us Joshua – Commander of the army of the Lord Judges – delivers us from injustice Ruth – our Kinsman-Redeemer 1 Samuel – all in one, He is the Prophet/Priest/King 2 Samuel – King of grace & love 1 Kings – a Ruler greater than Solomon 2 Kings – the powerful prophet 1 Chronicles – Son of David that is coming to rule 2 Chronicles – the King who reigns eternally Ezra – Priest proclaiming freedom Nehemiah – the One who restores what is broken down Esther – Protector of his people Job – Mediator between God and man Psalms – our song in the morning and in the night Proverbs – our wisdom Ecclesiastes – our meaning for life Song of Solomon – Author of faithful love Isaiah – Suffering Servant Jeremiah – the weeping Messiah Lamentations – He assumes God’s wrath for us Ezekiel – Son of Man Daniel – the stranger in the fire with us Hosea – faithful husband even when we run away Joel – He is sending His Spirit to His people Amos – delivers justice to the oppressed Obadiah – Judge of those who do evil Jonah – the greatest missionary Micah – He casts our sin into the sea of forgetfulness Nahum – proclaims future world peace we cannot even imagine Habakkuk – crushes injustice Zephaniah – the Warrior who saves Haggai – restores our worship Zechariah – prophesies a Messiah pierced for us Malachi – sun of righteousness who brings healing Matthew – the Messiah who is King Mark – the Messiah who is a Servant Luke – the Messiah who is a Deliverer John – the Messiah who is a God in the flesh Acts – the Spirit who dwells in His people Romans – the righteousness of God 1 Corinthians – the power and love of God 2 Corinthians – He is the down payment of what’s to come Galatians – He is our very life Ephesians – the unity of our church Philippians – the joy of our life Colossians – holds the supreme position in all things 1 Thessalonians – our comfort in the last days 2 Thessalonians – our returning King 1 Timothy – Savior of the worst sinners 2 Timothy – leader of the leaders Titus – foundation of truth Philemon – our Mediator Hebrews – our High Priest James – He matures our faith 1 Peter – our hope in times of suffering 2 Peter – the One who guards us from false teaching 1 John – source of all fellowship 2 John – God in the flesh 3 John – source of all truth Jude – protects us from stumbling Revelation – King of Kings and Lord of Lords, The Alpha and the Omega, The Beginning and the End, and He is coming again and the One who makes all things new.
I doubt it could be stressed enough though, the Scriptures are all about Christ from beginning to end. The Scriptures are the means to know Christ by the teaching of the Holy Spirit.
Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.Luke 24:27
So, how do you view the Bible? Is Jesus the central figure? To truly know and understand the Scriptures is to know Christ since they Scriptures teach us of Him.