Searching for the Gospel

Lamb

Usually we think of the Good News of Christ, commonly known as The Gospel, as that portion of scripture in Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and the Epistles of the New Testament.  But the Good News of Christ can be found throughout the Bible, even in the Old Testament. Jesus confirmed this when He said to the Jews who were persecuting Him, “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me” (John 5:46 NKJV).  Jesus Himself said that the Old Testament testifies of Him:  “You search the Scriptures (Old Testament), for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me” (John 5:39 NKJV).

After Jesus rose from the dead He chided two of his followers on the road to Emmaus for failing to believe “all that the prophets” had spoken about Him.  “And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself’” (Luke 24:25-27 NKJV).  How would you like to have been at that Bible study?

The Gospel is first announced in the third chapter of Genesis. Immediately after the fall of man, when Satan thought he had obtained a great victory, God prophesied Satan’s defeat through Christ on the cross.  God said,  “. . .he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:15 NKJV).  Theologians call verse fifteen the “Protoevangelium,” the first announcement of the Gospel.

Referring to Genesis 12:3 NKJV, Paul says the Gospel was preached to Abraham.  “And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, [saying], ‘In you all the nations shall be blessed’ ” (Galatians 3:8 NKJV).

We hear the gospel in Genesis 22, when God tested Abraham by telling him to sacrifice Isaac.  Seeing there was no lamb to sacrifice, Isaac asked, “Where is the lamb?”  Abraham replied, “My son, God will provide for himself the lamb. . .”  (Genesis 22:8 NKJV).  Then hundreds of years later John the Baptist proclaimed, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”  (John 1:29 NKJV).We see the Gospel in Numbers 21.  When the children of Israel spoke against the Lord, He sent fiery serpents and many of the people died from their bites.  When the people repented, the Lord told Moses to make a bronze serpent and put it on a pole.  Those who looked upon the bronze serpent were saved (Numbers 21:8-9 NKJV).  Jesus used this account to preach the Gospel in John 3:14-16 NKJV.

Time and space do not allow me to continue, but you can see that the Gospel of Christ is found throughout the Old and New Testaments.  Why not go on a search for yourself.  The whole Bible is full of good news waiting to be discovered, The Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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