The Old Testament contains all Scripture that preceded the birth of Jesus. With Christ not making an appearance until much later in the story, the Old Testament can be challenging and inaccessible to ourselves and especially to children. How can we read and internalize the lessons of the Old Testament while being mindful of God’s promise to send his only Son? Here are key tips for looking for Jesus in the Old Testament.
Promise and Fulfillment
The Old Testament is all about God’s promise to send a Messiah. Iconic stories such as the creation of the world, David and Goliath and Noah’s Arc can all be connected to this promise. Each Book of the Old Testament affirms our foundational belief:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 NIV)
Essentially, Jesus is the fulfillment of this promise. We see how He fulfills the Scripture of the Old Testament through His various acts in the New Testament. To understand the full importance of Jesus, we must have knowledge of both testaments. When reading the Old Testament, see if you and your child can connect particular passages and stories to Jesus’ acts in the New Testament.
In the Bible, it’s important to remember that the figures we read about are people. Like us, biblical figures were created by God, struggle with original sin and seek to do His will. The Old Testament reveals this human nature through the actions of its characters and the events that unfold. Its stories underline the role and importance of Jesus, helping humans through trials and saving them from sin.
To connect Old Testament stories back to Jesus, kids need to reflect on Old Testament figures and make connections to the sins and virtues they experience in their own lives. Each member of the family can discuss how certain people or events of the Old Testament teaches them about their own lives.
Reading and understanding the Old Testament enriches the understanding of the foundation of Christian faith. It offers a more complete understanding of human sin and God’s promise to send a Savior. Finally, it challenges children and adults alike to connect their lives with the story of Jesus. CornerStone Christian Academy & Tykes aims to strengthen students’ connection with their Christian Faith. For information about financial aid for private school, please contact us today at (702) 939-5050.