In late 2006 I wanted to prepare and present an extended series of lessons on the New Testament fulfillment of Old Testament themes — in particular those pointing to Jesus Christ. I chose the title from the three NT passages which refer to the OT as containing shadows of the New (see Colossians 2:17; Hebrews 8:5; 10:1) — “A Shadow of Good Things to Come.”
Out of this study and presentations came the audio series we have entitled, “Seeing Jesus in the Feasts of Israel,” as well as many other sermons.
Fortunately I kept fairly complete notes documenting my methodology as well as the results on my study and research These three articles will first outline my subject development process, and then the execution and presentation of the study.
First came some brainstorming. As I thought about and examined various NT passages, I could see the various ways the authors connected Jesus to the Old Testament. I began to develop a rough set of ideas of what ought to be included:
- OT prophecies — Jesus is said to have fulfilled, or been the fulfillment of OT predictions.
- Sacrificial system — Jesus was the “Lamb of God” and his death was a sacrifice for sin.
- Priestly system — Jesus in Hebrews and elsewhere is called our High Priest.
- Holy Days & Holidays — Jesus is called our Passover (1 Corinthians 5:7), the Firstfruits (1 Corinthians 15:20-26), and our Sabbath Rest (Hebrews 4:8-9).
- Clarify concepts and vocabulary — shadow, prophecy, types.
- Other possible areas
In our next part, I will talk about useful reference works in developing this series.
Article last updated August 19, 2011.