You are invited to discover what the Hebrew scriptures reveal concerning the Lord Jesus Christ. Amazingly, every central character, every key event, every prophecy, every Feast and Festival reveals ever more brightly the person and work of the Messiah, God’s anointed Son. You will see conclusively that His coming was no accident but part of God’s redemptive plan, revealed from the very beginning and progressively through history and Scripture.
And if you would like to read the book that inspired the series, it is appropriately called Christ in All the Scriptures. Written by A. M. Hodgkin, and first published in 1909, it has rightly become a classic. You can also read the entire book digitally here.
Hodgkin observes, in his introduction “Abraham rejoiced to see My day.” ”Moses wrote of Me.” ”David called [Me] Lord.” (John 8:56; 5:46; Matthew 22:45). We have in these words of our Saviour abundant authority for seeking Him in the Old Testament … To those of us who believe in Christ as truly God, as well as truly Man, His word on these matters is authoritative.”
In the Gospels, Jesus refers to 20 Old Testament characters and quotes from 17 Old Testament books. In Genesis, for example, Jesus refers to creation, the institution of marriage, to Noah, Abraham, Lot, to Sodom and Gomorrah. From Exodus, Jesus speaks of Moses, the burning bush, the Mannah in the wilderness and the Ten Commandments. From Leviticus, the ceremonial and moral law. From Numbers, the bronze serpent. From Deuteronomy, the law of Moses. Then there are references to David, Solomon, Elijah and Zechariah. He confounds his critics not just by quoting Scripture but by identifying himself as the one the Scriptures are speaking about.
“How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself… Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.” (Luke 24:25-27; 44-45)
“Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4:21).
“You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me.” (John 5:39).
Hodgkin says, “From a careful study of the Gospels, we cannot fail to see that the Old Testament Scriptures were continually upon Christ’s lips, because [they] were always hidden in His heart….”
Genesis: Abraham, Melchizedek and Jesus (Genesis 14)
Genesis: The Sacrifice of Isaac (Genesis 22)
Exodus: The Passover Lamb (Exodus 12)
Leviticus: The Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16)
Numbers: The Bronze Serpent (Numbers 21)
Deuteronomy: Moses and the Prophet (Deuteronomy 18)
Joshua: Joshua and the Commander of the Lord’s Army (Joshua 5)
Judges and the Angel of the Lord (Judges 6)
Ruth: Jesus and a Timely Redemption (Ruth 1-4)
David, Goliath and Jesus (1 Samuel 17)
Samuel: The Son and Lord of David (2 Samuel 9)
Kings: Solomon, Elijah and Elisha (2 Kings 4)
Esther: The Providence of God (Esther 4)
Psalms: Jesus, God’s Anointed Son (Psalm 2)
Psalms: The Lord of Time and Space (Psalm 8)
Psalms: The Cross of Christ (Psalm 22)
Psalms: Jesus is Lord of all Creation (Psalm 24)
Isaiah: Jesus is the Suffering Servant (Isaiah 53)
Jeremiah: Jesus and the New Covenant (Jeremiah 31)
Ezekiel: Jesus the Good Shepherd (Ezekiel 34)
Daniel: Jesus the Son of Man (Daniel 7)
Hosea: Jesus the Bridegroom (Hosea 1)
Amos: Jesus and David’s Fallen Tent (Amos 9)
Jonah, Jesus and the Whale (Jonah)
Micah and Jesus the King (Micah 5:2-4)
Zephaniah and the Name of the Lord Jesus (Zephaniah 3:17)
Haggai and the Chosen Servant of the Lord (Haggai 2)
Malachi and the Lord Jesus (Malachi 2:17-3:5)