Take a moment to read Colossians 1:15-20 (<—-click the link)
In many western churches, there is an unspoken (and sometimes spoken) idea that the Old Testament is for the Jews and the New Testament is for the Christians. We as Christians are taught that we are supposed to know the Jewish (O.T.) history so that we know where we came from but that the important stuff starts in Matthew.
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are referred to as the “four gospels” of Christ.
By Christian definition “gospel” means: an account describing the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. If we simply go by this explanation and even incorporate the widely accepted “good news of the redeeming power of Christ”, then Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are just 4 of 66 books that talk about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
What’s interesting is that the entire New Testament is made up of accounts of the life of Jesus backed by the prophesies in the OLD Testament. The idea was to show that since the beginning of time, all things pointed back to Christ (Colossians 1).
The following verses are statements made in the Old Testament and then repeated in the New Testament.
- Abraham said, My son, God Himself will provide a lamb for the burnt offering. So the two went on together. (Genesis 22:8)
- All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has made to light upon Him [Christ] the guilt and iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, [yet when] He was afflicted, He was submissive and opened not His mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth. (Isaiah 53:6-7)
- Now this was the passage of Scripture which he was reading: Like a sheep He was led to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is dumb, so He opens not His mouth. (Acts 8:32)
- Who does great things and unsearchable, marvelous things without number (Job 5:9)
- Call to Me [The Lord] and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, which you do not know (do not distinguish and recognize, have knowledge of and understand). (Jeremiah 33:3)
- Thus says the Lord Who made [the earth], the Lord Who formed it to establish it—the Lord is His name: (Jeremiah 33:2)
- [Now] He [Christ] is the exact likeness of the unseen God [the visible representation of the invisible]; He is the Firstborn of all creation. For it was in Him [Christ] that all things were created, in heaven and on earth, things seen and things unseen, whether thrones, dominions, rulers, or authorities; all things were created and exist through Him [by His service, intervention] and in and for Him. (Colossians 1:15-16)
- In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself. He was present originally with God. All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being. (John 1:1-3)
- He says, It is too light a thing that you should be My servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the survivors [of the judgments] of Israel; I will also give you for a light to the nations, that My salvation may extend to the end of the earth. (Isaiah 49:6)
- Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (Matthew 28:19)
And the list goes on.
The written gospel of Jesus Christ began in Genesis and ended in Revelation.
The “good news” of the account of the life of our Lord and Savior is written throughout the entire Bible.
Four New Testament books don’t encompass the gospel, but one perfect life does.
Jesus’ life is not contained to the pages within a book (or 66 books) but within the pages of eternity.
In the beginning was the Word. His was given the name above all names. His has all authority in Heaven and on Earth. His name and His church will endure forever and ever.
Everything was created BY Him, to point back TO Him, to BRING HIM GLORY.