"How does the 'Law' of the Old Testament fit with the 'grace' of the New Testament"?
What did Jesus think about the Old Testament?
These are just some of the questions many Christians have about the Bible - let alone the other questions unbelievers have! And at the risk of repeating myself too often - I love questions!!
We are going to spend the Sundays from October 25 to Christmas looking over and hearing about the "Hebrew Hope". The 'Old Testament' of the Bible is the Hebrew Scriptures, the holy writings of the Israelites (also known as the Jews, or Hebrews, at different times and for different reasons - that's a question for another day).
And these writings, from the very beginning to the last prophecy before Christ, all pointed forward to a mighty act of God in our history. The people of God (Israel) therefore lived in hope.
This hope was fulfilled amongst some farm animals in a small town within sight of some city walls. It was the arrival of a baby boy who would forever change history, the world, and eternity.
Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ.
Now the Christians live in hope of the return of Jesus, no longer a babe in a faraway stable, but the King of kings and Lord of lords, ascended into God's eternity in glory. At His return every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Just as God's promises and His peoples' hopes have been thoroughly fulfilled in days past, we live in expectation and anticipation of 'the Day of the Lord' to reveal once and for all the truth and majesty of the kingdom of God.