And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. -Luke 24:25-27 ESV
Jesus Himself said, “For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” The word TESTAMENT can be translated COVENANT- Will, agreement. We have the OLD agreement and we have the NEW COVENANT. In Hebrews 7:22 we are told, “Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant.” We were given the 10 commandments to show us our ineptitude at keeping them. The OLD AGREEMENT pointed to a NEED for a SAVIOR, WHO is the FOCUS of both the OLD and NEW WILL and TESTAMENT!
Leader, The Lord Jesus Christ made it very clear that the Old Testament spoke of Him, stating: “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about Me” (Jn 5:39). The Old Testament predicts a Messiah (see Isaiah 53), and the New Testament reveals who the Messiah is (John 4:25–26). The Old Testament records the giving of God’s Law, and the New Testament shows how Jesus the Messiah fulfilled that Law (Matthew 5:17; Hebrews 10:9). In the Old Testament, God’s dealings are mainly with His chosen people, the Jews; in the New Testament, God’s dealings are mainly with His church (Matthew 16:18).
Conduit, Jesus told us clearly in Matthew 5:17: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” The Old Testament lays the foundation for the coming of the Messiah who would sacrifice Himself for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2)). The New Testament records the ministry of Jesus Christ and then looks back on what He did and how we are to respond. Both testaments reveal the same HOLY, MERCIFUL, and RIGHTEOUS God who condemns sin but desires to save sinners through an atoning sacrifice- the MESSIAH. In both testaments, God reveals Himself to us and shows us how we are to come to Him through FAITH alone, by GRACE alone through CHRIST alone!(Gen 15:6, Eph 2:8) We are called to KNOW HIM and to MAKE HIM KNOWN, we start this process by KNOWING HIS WORD- the OLD and the NEW- it’s all about HIM