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How many times do you have to be told something before you believe it? For me it's often a slow process getting something into my head, which is why I'm grateful that the Bible tells me things that matter more than once. Here's an example I enjoyed last week:
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Jesus: "Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?" And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, Jesus explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. (Luke 24:26-27)
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Paul: "Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures... he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures." (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
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Peter: "The [Old Testament] prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow." (1 Peter 1:10-11)
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Three different books, three different authors. But do you see they're all saying exactly the same thing. The Old Testament tells us about the death and resurrection of Jesus. Suffering then glory. Dying for our sins then rising on the third day according to the Scriptures.
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Jesus' death and resurrection is no minor theme of the Old Testament, and it's certainly no plan B once God realised that Israel behaving themselves properly wasn't going to happen. The Old Testament talks about "the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow" on page after page. In prophecy and pattern, hope and history. In stories, songs and sayings we learn that the Christ must suffer and then rise.
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And in case you're like me and need it knocked into your head a couple more times, it's all over the New Testament as well. Jesus, Paul and Peter all send us back to the Old to read of and marvel at the death and resurrection of Jesus, planned from before the beginning.