If the point of living the Christian life is to follow Jesus, why don’t we just begin with that? Why is there an old testament?
After research and clarity – it all makes sense.
23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 (New Testament.)
What better to illustrate this by starting from the beginning? In America we have the saying “if you don’t understand your past, you are bound to repeat mistakes.” It’s important to understand Adam and Eve – Malachi (the last book of the OT) so we understand the nature of humans. It’s not to say we will do things the exact way – it’s more of patterns of society.
Understanding the state of the world before Jesus creates a clear picture of why we needed him in the first place.
But now he has appeared one time, at the end of the ages, for the removal of sin by the sacrifice of himself. Hebrew 9:26
God wanted no man to suffer from sin’s burden. When I do something I know I shouldn’t be doing – a lot of times I feel horrible. Changing from my ways to make things right (repenting) can only be done when I pray through Jesus.
6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6
The highest rulers of the land – all the money in the world could not get everyone to eternal life. Sacrifices and high priest were a big deal in the Old Testament. Because they had to keep doing it, it was ineffective. Something everlasting was needed to save the world.
16 For God loved the world in this way. He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
Combing the testaments gives a image of our downfalls, weaknesses, yet the favor and potential we have. We all have a super hero : Jesus.