For this morning, I am very happy to say to you that we're going to begin our series on finding Christ in the Old Testament. That's going to happen right now. However, you're going to have to be patient with me because I'm hitting the reset button on my entire life. So I have for months been reading and absorbing and all of this, even when I went back in my days of seminary, I took a minor in college, I took a minor in Greek, that's the language of the-- original language of the New Testament. I made a much greater emphasis in seminary on Greek and I've loved working in the New Testament. Now it's a shift for me into the Old. I'm not unfamiliar with it, but I have absorbed so much in the last number of months. Somebody reminded me this morning that it was nine weeks ago that I said I was going to do that and it's taken me nine weeks to get to this point and that's because I can do anything I want, basically. I just show up and nobody tells me what to do. So there were other things on my heart like the ministry that we talked about with regard to Romans 8 and the Holy Spirit. But now, we are at a point to begin to find the Lord Jesus in the Old Testament. And I want to lay some groundwork for that and help you understand why it is important and how it fits into the plan of the Word of God.
There is no question in my mind but that the great dominating theme of all preaching needs to be Jesus Christ. My ministry hero, the Apostle Paul, said, "I'm determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified." He said, "We preach Christ crucified." And that was not only his pattern but the pattern of the Apostles. They preached Christ, they preached the suffering of Christ and the glories to follow, as Peter put it. And that should be the theme of every preacher. Six or seven years after Paul said to the Corinthians that he was determined to know nothing except Christ and Him crucified, six or seven years later, he writes the letter to the Philippians and in that letter he says he actually rejoices when Christ is preached, even if it's preached by people who resent him, who are trying to harm him, who are trying to wound him, who are trying to discredit him, trying to condemn him at the same time, he said, "Christ is being preached and in that I rejoice and will rejoice."
There is no greater theme in preaching or teaching. There is no greater person. There is no one who ascends to the level of Jesus Christ. There is no subject that can match Him. And He is the theme of all Scripture, both Old and New Testament....