"And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself." - Luke 24:27
Jesus’ teaching of the two men on the Road to Emmaus is consistent with His teaching pattern throughout His earthly ministry. In verse 44, Jesus proclaims, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled." Throughout the Old Testament Scriptures, there is continual testimony concerning Jesus Christ. Jesus’ reference to the three divisions of the Old Testament indicate clearly how God has been revealing the work of Jesus Christ throughout biblical revelation. Jesus commissioned the disciples to testify of this biblical witness (vv. 46-48).
They did, in fact, testify of Jesus in their sermons and writings. There is constant reference to the Old Testament Scriptures through quotations, allusions, and illustrations. The recorded sermons in the book of Acts testify to the fact that the apostles followed this pattern: Peter (Acts 2-4), Stephen (Acts 7), Philip (Acts 8), and Paul (Acts 13:13-41; Acts 17:1-4; 26:19-23; 28:17-31).
The Apostolic pattern of preaching Christ does not end in the book of Acts. Paul is adamant about the necessity of preaching Christ. Paul’s pattern of preaching was to proclaim Christ Jesus (Col 1:19-29; Eph 3:1-12; Phil 1:15-18; Gal 6:14; 1 Cor 1:17-8; 2:2). Peter’s two letters are supremely Christological. The book of Hebrews is a declaration that God has spoken in His Son, who is vastly superior to everyone and everything. James tells his reader to hold on to “the faith” that revolves around “our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jas 2:1). There is no doubting that the emphasis of the Apostle John, in his writing, revolves around the person and work of Jesus Christ (1 John 5:13; 2 John 9; 3 John 3-4 [see John 14:6]; Rev 1:1-3). Finally, when Jude writes of “our common salvation” (v. 3), none other than Jesus Christ must be the focus.
The pattern of Jesus, the pattern of the apostles, and the pattern of the New Testament letter writers is to point to Jesus Christ as the substance of biblical revelation. It is incumbent upon those who communicate God’s Word to follow this pattern. We must respond to this truth. At Cornerstone, we hold this truth dear, and seek to view every passage in the light of our Savior, Jesus Christ.