The Bible is about Jesus. I’m certain I have said this before, but after looking high and low for a post with that title I cannot find one. So let me go on record making this statement: the Bible is about Jesus.
I did find a post titled Old Testament God is the God of the New Testament. To some, there is almost two different Gods in the Bible. In the Old Testament, God is angry, vengeful and scary. He is more like Zeus or Thor than the mild-mannered, pacifist Jesus found in the New Testament. Let me suggest that 1) like the Pharisees, you are not reading the Old Testament correctly. While he is a God of judgement in the Old Testament, he is also patient and longsuffering toward the nation of Israel. 2) Jesus is not just presented in the Gospels as patient, kind and loving towards all. He also raises his voice and drives the money changes out of the temple – with a whip in John’s Gospel! Jesus is present as judge at the end of Revelation. There is one God. Perhaps a re-read of the text is necessary.
The Bible, made up of 66 different books by some two dozen or so authors, tells one story. It’s the story of how a holy and righteous God relates to a broken, fallen and sinful people. The only way we can relate to God is though Jesus. The point of contact between God and man is Jesus. In the Old Testament, God sent prophets as his messengers. In the New Testament he sent his Son. In the OT, priests made animal sacrifices. In the NT, Christ has become our high priest, as well as presenting himself as the lamb that takes away the sin of the world. The brass serpent lifted up by Moses? That story is about Jesus. The Temple? That’s about Jesus as well. Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac? The rock that gave forth water? The Passover lamb? Moses leading the Hebrews out of Egypt? The burning bush? Isaiah 53? The 23rd Psalm? All about Jesus.
As early as the third chapter of Genesis we find a veiled reference to the Messiah. The world was made by him, through him and for him. In the closing chapters of Revelation Jesus reads the names found in the Book of Life, and after the judgement wipes away all tears. There are many characters and themes running throughout scripture. But to put it simply, the Bible is about Jesus.
*Note: while searching for an image to use with this post, I found an essay written by Charles Spurgeon on this very subject.