Jesus Fulfills the Old Testament Scriptures

A Note from the Pastor

I am very excited to be in the book of John and I am confident that you will be enormously blessed by it! The entire book of John portrays Jesus as the fulfillment of every part of the Old Testament Scriptures.

John 5:39 says: “You search the Scriptures (OT) because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me”

Jesus is portrayed as the fulfillment of the scriptures as:

  1. The word made flesh (John 1:14 from Psalm 33:6; 107:20; 147:15, 18; Isaiah 55:10-11)
  2. The new temple (John 2:21)
  3. The tabernacle (John 1:14 from Exodus 25:8)
  4. The Passover lamb slain for the people (John 1:29, 19:14 from Exodus 12:13)
  5. The steadfast love and faithfulness of God’s name displayed (John 1:14,17 from Exodus 34:6)
  6. The manna that came down from heaven (John 6:51 from Exodus 16:4)
  7. The year of Jubilee (John 8:32 from Leviticus 25:10)
  8. The one lifted up in the wilderness who delivers all who look to him (John 3:14 from Num. 21:9)

   Let us keep in mind John’s motive in writing these signs and witnesses to Jesus:

John 20:30-30 “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”

Here is the book of John from 10,000 Ft.

The First Half: The Book of Signs  Chapters 1-12

  • Jesus performs seven signs
  • Jesus appeals to seven witnesses
  • Jesus is rejected by his people (the Jews)

The Second Half: The Book of Glory Chapters 13-21

  • Jesus Prepares his disciples for his death and departure
  • Jesus turns to the cross where he will glorify the Father

[This outline was adapted from John by Andreas Köstenberger (2004) and The Gospel According to John By D. A. Carson (1990)]