“What’s going on? I don’t know what to do.” Imagine being one of the apostles the night of Jesus’ resurrection. Talk about a whirlwind 72 hours! Talk about a roller-coaster ride!
Just three nights before, they had celebrated the Passover with Jesus. Then in quick succession came his arrest, his being brutalized and rejected by both leaders and people, and his crucifixion. All this in less than 24 hours!
The next day, Saturday, had to be a rough and confusing one. All their hopes were dashed. They were in hiding; afraid they would also be arrested. Then early Sunday morning some of the women from their group excitedly told them Jesus had risen! What would happen next?
Nothing less than Jesus suddenly appearing to them!
After proving he was alive and they were not seeing a ghost, he told them:
“These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me”Luke 24:44
To pay for our sin, all these things had to happen. And now his presence proved he had accomplished his mission. His resurrection was God’s way of confirming that Jesus had done exactly what he said he would do. By raising him from the dead God was showing he accepted Jesus’ payment for our sins.
The Old Testament Has the Ultimate Stamp of Approval
Especially note what Jesus pointed the apostles to: “the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms”. This was the common way the Jews referred to the Old Testament because it was often written on three scrolls: one containing the law of Moses (the first five books of the Old Testament); another the writings of the prophets, and the third containing the rest of the Old Testament with psalms being the first book on it. What is especially important for us to know is that these three scrolls contained the identical books which we call the Old Testament.
In this striking way, Jesus put his stamp of approval on the Old Testament.
But what about missing scriptures?
Jesus gave no indication there were any books missing or any scriptures in addition to it. If there were, we can be confident he would have brought them to light and made sure people knew they were missing some scriptures. But there is not even a hint of him saying anything like this. Instead, by referring to it, the glorious risen Lord gave the Old Testament the ultimate stamp of approval.
Once again put yourself in the apostles’ sandals. Not only had Jesus appeared to them, he also gave them the rock-solid assurance that the Old Testament was a most reliable source of authority. This had to give them tremendous comfort not only then but in subsequent years. They now could be confident of going to it for direction and answers.
This can also give you tremendous comfort. Think of how reassured you feel when an expert gives you advice. Or when he singles out something as THE authority on the subject. That is what Jesus did, not just for the apostles, but also for you and me.
Trust the Old Testament. It has the ultimate stamp of approval.
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