Moses Wrote About Christ

Christ is risen!  Indeed He is risen!

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You search the scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness to me; yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. I do not receive glory from men. But I know that you have not the love of God within you. I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. How can you believe, who receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; it is Moses who accuses you, on whom you set your hope. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote of me. (John 5:39-46)

The Evangelist John states in no uncertain terms that the books of the Old Testament whose authorship are attributed to  Moses are really about Christ.  All the Scriptures (i.e., the Old Testament) are about Christ.  They are not so much historical documents as they are prophecy, a foreshadowing, a prefiguring, and revelation of Jesus Christ.  The Evangelist Luke makes similar claims in his gospel (see Luke 24:27, 44).  Jesus Himself is very clear that Moses was writing about Him (Jesus the Christ).

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Biblical scholar Morna Hooker notes that the Apostle Paul also makes very clear connections between Moses and Jesus.

“… Paul states his case, rather than arguing it.  The Gospel is nothing less than Christ himself, and the glory which we see in him is the glory of God himself, who at the creation said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness.’  Paul here links the light of Gen. 1:3 with the glory revealed in Christ, which eclipses that of Moses.  Interestingly enough, he is not the only New Testament author to do so.  It is well known that the Fourth Gospel begins with a clear echo of Gen. 1; the opening verses explore the themes of creation of life and light.  But the author then goes on to link this with the figure of Moses, and to explore the account of the theophany in Exod. 33 and 34; he contrasts the giving of the law through Moses with God’s self-disclosure in Christ.  No one – not even Moses – has ever seen God, but the only Son has declared him to men, and we have seen his glory, a glory which makes known the character of God himself.

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The theme set out here is one which underlies the whole of John’s gospel: Moses was the mediator of the Law, the one through whom God made his glory known, but the Son has not only seen God’s glory, he is himself the source of divine glory.  Christ is a much greater figure than Moses—the real contrast is therefore between Christians and Moses, since both are recipients of revelation.  The glory of Christ is greater than that of Moses, but it is nevertheless continuous with it, and Moses therefore bears witness to Christ, the lesser to the greater.”(Morna Hooker, FROM ADAM TO CHRIST, p 148)

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