Redemption in the Old Testament
There has been an ongoing debate about where and how Jesus is in the Old Testament. Over the past few years this debate has seemed to be heating up as people can't seem to agree where and how Jesus is actually in the Old Testament. The debate isn't, or shouldn't be whether the Old Testament points to Jesus. Afterall, Jesus Himself, in Luke 24, answered that question to the disciples on the road to Emmaus. To Jesus, the Old Testament absolutely pointed to Him.
Even earlier in His ministry Jesus taught that the Old Testament Scriptures pointed to Him. In John 5:39-40, Jesus said, "You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life." To Jesus, the inability to see Him in the Old Testament comes from a refusal to believe.
Peter furthered this teaching in I Peter 1:10-11 when he said about the Old Testament prophets, "Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories."
So to one who is willing to believe, the Old Testament, at minimum and without question, points to Jesus, explains why He had to die, and explains this is our salvation.
The problem isn't that the Bible isn't clear about this, the problem is that because people have twisted and misapplied this truth it has become more difficult to see the truth.
We'll do some future blog posts with examples of redemption in the Old Testatment and we'll podcast about it. In the meantime, look for the thread of redemption, those things that point you to the truth of Jesus. Don't force Jesus into a passage but allow the passage to point you to truths about Him.