He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”
Luke 24:44 NIV
In Matthew 5:17, Jesus told his disciples that he had not come to abolish the Law and Prophets, but to fulfill them. Frequently throughout the rest of Matthew, we see Jesus fulfilling something that was foretold by one of the prophets. And here, after Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, he reminds them again that he had come to fulfill the Law and Prophets. That his atoning death and resurrection had been foretold in the Scripture.
Today, our Bibles are neatly divided into two distinct parts. There is an Old Testament that primarily records God’s dealing with the people of Israel under the covenant established at Mt. Sinai. Following this is the New Testament, telling us about the life of Jesus and the early church. It is tempting to minimize the value of the Old Testament,…