I want to start a thread here to share some of the things I learned on a quest for truth. There will be many posts, so this is just the introduction. This thread should be about how Jesus is explained in the Old Testament. I don't intend this thread to be about Jesus "type" figures in the OT, such as Joseph, etc. If anyone wants to share these things I have no problem with that. I want to focus on whether Jesus is truly the Son of God and the Jewish Messiah and get into the details of how Jesus is hidden in plain sight throughout the OT. We will first have to establish a few basics of Hebrew. Don't worry, this isn't going to be hard work. I believe there will be some things shown here that will cause your faith to swell, as they did mine.
One day I was thinking about how most people's beliefs are based on how they were raised. A person raised in a muslim home in Baghdad is most likely to be muslim. The same is true for beliefs all over the world. The same is also true for Christians. Not everyone is right however. I then thought that maybe it would be wise for me to investigate the truth of what I believe rather than just accept it. I didn't have a crisis of faith, but rather I wanted to step back and take an objective look at scripture to see if what I knew was right or not. (First, I put the scripture to the test by verifying prophecies that were fulfilled after they were written. Most here already believe in scripture so I wont go over all that.)
If we take a step back and take an objective look at Jesus, will He stand up to a few questions about Him? Here is the kicker. If we are being objective, we cannot use the New Testament. The OT was written first and the Messianic prophecies are rather well known. If Jesus was a fake, it would have been very easy to craft a story about Him and "create" the NT. That may sound harsh, but if we are to truly be objective, we must consider everything written after Him to be less reliable than that which was written before Him. Does believing in Jesus require true blind faith, or is there evidence on which a reasonable person can make an informed decision? (Since this is a Christian site, don't worry, this has a happy ending. I just need to be objective to start.)
I'm sure God anticipated skeptics and gave us ample reason to believe in His Son, if indeed He has a Son. If Jesus truly is the Son of God and God foretells the future, there must be ample prophetic writings in advance about Him. Here are the questions I wrote down prior to my quest. If these questions can be answered in the OT alone, then Jesus is the truth.
- Does God even have a son?
- What is His name?
- Where will He be sent?
- When will He come into the world?
- Why will He be sent into the world?
- If he was Jesus, why did He die?
If all these things can plainly found in the Tanakh/Old Testament, could their really be any doubt about his authenticity? This might seem like a ridiculous amount of proof required in order to believe, but this isn't a small matter. I can think of no other topic of higher importance in all of creation. Those of us that have spent most of our lives navigating through a sea of lies, have also learned not to trust anything or anyone. Do we deserve the lake of fire for this? A compassionate and merciful God would give enough evidence for all who truly seek him to believe. Even the severely skeptical.
Large statements have been made. A tall challenge has been issued. Can the Bible stand up under the pressure? We shall soon see.