Moses, the Prophets and Jesus

27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he (Christ) interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself… 32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” Luke 24:26-27,32 ESV

Jesus, quiet and unrecognized, met up and walked along with two of His disciples on the road to Emmaus after His resurrection from the dead.  The discouraged disciples had apparently given up hope and were walking home after the crucifixion.  Jesus spent the walk explaining to them how Moses and the prophets had pointed to His suffering before He could become King.  They finally recognized the risen Christ after taking communion, the breaking of the bread, and then Jesus disappeared from sight.

Then, Jesus appeared amongst His disciples in Jerusalem.  He also used this time to teach them about the importance of the scriptures in foretelling His experiences.

44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.  Luke 24:44-47 ESV

References to Jesus Christ can be found throughout the entire Bible, in both the Old and the New Testament.  He confirmed this with His disciples as they walked along the road to Emmaus.  We do not know specifically which scriptures He used as He spoke to them, but there are many to choose from.  We have touched on several of these references in past meditations, and with God’s guidance and blessing, there will be many more to come.

We seek today to uncover the spiritual gems that God has given us about Christ throughout the scriptures, from Moses, the prophets and through all the members of the genealogy of Jesus.  There is so much more to discover about the infinite loving nature of Christ and His presence and impact on our daily lives.

My prayer is that through this daily meditation on the genealogy of Jesus, the Holy Spirit may lead each of us to a better understanding of God’s love for us and His goodness.  May our hearts burn within us just like the disciples on the road to Emmaus as we experience the presence and power of Jesus each day through His holy word.

Reflection

Two examples of Old Testament prophecy that Jesus likely used to point to Him and His suffering can be found in Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53.  Both are worth reading in their entirety today.

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