“And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself”
Jesus Christ was not an afterthought. Salvation through Christ alone was not some vague idea without any prophetic bearing. Not at all. The purpose of every book in the Old Testament is to point to Christ.
In Luke 24, Jesus had just risen from the dead. But many of the disciples were sad as if that was the end of him. On his way to Emmaus, he met some of them. They couldn’t recognize him, but complained to him about the tragic end of ‘one Jesus of Nazareth.”
This was his response to them: “Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:25-27).
The resurrected Christ was right there with them, yet he pointed them to the word. He expected that anyone who studied the scriptures properly would readily recognize the Christ. See the words of Jesus again, in John 5:39: “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”
Although his motives were not pure, even Herod knew that he stood a chance at locating the messiah from the scriptures. Mat 2:4 says: “When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. In Bethlehem in Judea, they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written.”
It is important that you see the prophecies about Jesus in the Old Testament because it strengthens your faith in the authenticity of the bible and in God’s plan of salvation.