Hope Bursting

Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament
Rev. Dr. Jim Toole/ Zephaniah

Today we are on our last day of our sermon series, Seeing Jesus through the Old Testament. So we are going to end by looking for Jesus in a very common Old Testament book, Zephaniah. Yes, this book really does exist. According to Mike Bullmore, Zephaniah starts off almost with no hope, then moves towards a little hope and then eventually ends with hope bursting into glory.

There appears to be no hope. (Zephaniah 1:2-4)

We start to see a glimmer of hope. (Zephaniah 2:1-3)

Hope bursts into rejoicing. (Zephaniah 3:14-17)

Zephaniah is speaking of redemption in Christ here. We know that Jerusalem does indeed fall after this prophecy. So this rejoicing and salvation that Zephaniah is prophesying is for the future. Most scholars believe Zephaniah is alluding to the great consummation of Christ.

Often this is called the great “parousia.”

The Greek word “parousia,” literally means the “royal appearing,” the visitation, the “coming” of a King to his people. It is the day when the kingdoms of this world become the Kingdoms of our God and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.

Singing With Jesus

Psalm 22
Rev. Dr. Jim Toole

Singing with Jesus

Our series is looking at Jesus in the Old Testament and today we are going to look at Jesus in the Psalms. As kids, Jesus and many of the disciples, grew up singing the Psalms. The Psalms gave them hope and became etched on their soul. The Psalms is the songbook of Jesus.

In Psalm 22 we have this pattern where it is the words of David but there are several characteristics of the coming Messiah within it.

1.  The Messiah will be Alienated from God (Psalm 22:1-2)

2.  The Messiah will be Mocked (Psalm 22:6-8)

3.  The Messiah will Suffer Pain (Psalm 22:14-18)

4.  The Messiah will be Glorified (Psalm 22:22-27)

This morning I want to leave you with this wild idea: when you read the Psalms you are singing with Jesus. Most scholars are convinced that the Psalms give us an accurate insight into Jesus soul. I encourage all of us if we truly want to see Jesus from a different angle go inside the Psalms. Sing with Jesus, read them, mediate on them, pray them or even sing them.

The Messianic Hope

SERMON NOTES   6/8/2014

Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament

Rev. Dr. Jim Toole/ Jeremiah 23:1-6/ Isaiah 53

In order to understand Jesus in the Old Testament you have to understand the Messianic Hope in the Prophets. This is the term to describe the expectation of ancient Israel that God would raise a new King to restore Israel.

There are two themes I want us to walk away with today.

  • The Messiah is God
  • The Messiah will Suffer