Week 3: Trailers of a Saviour

At the cinema, you get trailers of forthcoming films, a quick taste of their most exciting parts.

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Although Jesus is only born at the beginning of the New Testament of the Bible, there are many ‘trailers’ of Jesus in the Old Testament.  Jesus himself said that the Old Testament spoke about Him.  In many ways, all of the Bible is about Jesus.

In each of our five readings this week, we’ll consider an Old Testament ‘type’ of Jesus that is specifically referenced in the New Testament.  Each of these ‘types’ gives us a unique picture of the Saviour who would appear hundreds of years later.

19 Replies to “Week 3: Trailers of a Saviour”

  1. This passage has two poignant connections to Jesus. It refers to a lamb (Exodus 12:3) and to the use of blood. The New Testament often refers to Jesus as a lamb. The blood of the Passover lamb became the essential element that saved the Israelites (12:7, 13) and Jesus’ blood spilt was the essential element that secured salvation to all who believe.

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    1. From Essential Jesus, ‘Just as Moses provided manna to meet the physical need of people, so Jesus was the “true bread” who satisfied the ultimate need of all people—the need for a restored and eternal relationship with God. That is Jesus’ greatest miracle and He offers it to you ands me.’

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    1. From Essential Jesus, ‘Just as the bronze snake became the vehicle for the Israelites’ salvation, so Jesus’ death on the Cross would be the vehicle for the salvation of all people who believe in Him.’

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  2. Essential Jesus (Day 14): ‘The temple building is impressive in its architecture and filled with extravagant furnishings. But its true significance is what would happen there: God would be present. How mind-boggling that the Creator of the universe is willing to take such a step! But that reveals something about God: He wants to meet with His people.’

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    1. Essential Jesus (Day 14): ‘That’s why Jesus angrily overturned the trading tables (John 2 vv12-17)… In so doing, He demonstrated how this important ancient building had been pointing to Him all along… Jesus meant that, as a result of His death and resurrection, He would replace Solomon’s temple as the way to God.

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    1. From Essential Jesus: When the sceptical religious leaders of His day asked for miraculous proof of his authenticity, Jesus referred to the Old Testament book of Jonah. In essence He was saying that the story of Jonah provided all the proof they needed. Don’t you think that’s interesting? How does Jonah’s story talk of Jesus? Just as as Jonah was entombed in the great fish for three days, so Jesus would be in the tomb three days after his crucifixion. And Jesus would rise again. Just as the great fish gave Jonah up, so the grave would give Jesus up. He came to set people free from sin through his death and resurrection.

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    2. From Essential Jesus: ‘Jonah foolishly tried to run away from God. But that’s no more foolish than the way we behave, when we think that we can engage in ‘secret sin’. God always knows.’

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  3. Each of the Bible passages this week described a ‘type’ of Jesus:
    The blood and sacrifice of the Passover lamb.
    The manna in the wilderness.
    The bronze snake.
    The temple building.
    Jonah in the fish.

    There are others:
    By believing in Noah’s ark, Noah and his family were saved from punishment of sin.
    Isaac was a type of Christ, born the result of the supernatural power of God. Like Jesus, Isaac was sacrificed, raised and returned to His Father.
    Moses was a type of Christ. Just as Moses led Israel out of Egypt, Jesus leads His people out of bondage.
    Joshua was a type of Jesus leading God’s people into their inheritance.
    Job was a type of Christ in that he was a righteous sufferer, underwent a humiliation and exaltation. Job was tempted by the devil, as was Jesus. God worked good for Job through his sufferings, and worked good for Christ through His sufferings.

    Can you think of anything else in the Old Testament that might be a type of Jesus?

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