Jesus in the Old Testament? Such an ambitious title, maybe a preposterous one. Whether you are a Christian or a skeptic, you would have had a decent idea that Jesus Christ who is the central figure of the movement that changed the world, probably lived 2000 years ago but never before that. How could a single man be the focus of the Old Testament text or more so be in it. This would have been true unless He is more than a man. A bold claim when He said "before Abraham was, I AM".
Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”
John 8:58 NKJV
This bold statement was met with reactions of the religious leaders wanting to stone Him and eventually crucifying Him. This begs the question for you and me then. If Jesus claims and is proven to be in the Old Testament will you believe Him and His claims, or will you reject Him as many did? Consider these words by Jesus Christ Himself.
You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.
John 5:39 NKJV
Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you—Moses, in whom you trust. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”
John 5:45-47 NKJV
Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
Luke 24:25-27 NKJV
Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.
Luke 24:44-45 NKJV
So who is Jesus to you? Do you agree with His claims that the Scriptures (Old Testament) all point to Him? Do you agree that before Abraham was, He already is the I AM? Do you believe that He alone is THE WAY, THE TRUTH, THE LIFE, and no one comes to the Father but through Him?
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
John 14:6 NKJV