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The New Testament is filled with echoes, allusions, and parallels of the Old Testament. If these textual connections aren't made known to your students, they'll miss out on part of the richness that holds the Bible together. This 3-week series will help students recognize, hear, and make sense of some of those echoes.
Message 1: "Gardens & Thorns" (preview and download the .doc file)
Echoes of Genesis abound in the Gospel of John. From their common first words, "In the beginning...," John picks up the themes of creation and shows that Jesus is the way forward into new life, and ultimately into new creation. This message takes students on a quick trip through the Old Testament narrative: from the sin in the Garden of Eden and the thorns that follow, all the way forward to Jesus withstanding temptation in the Garden of Gethsemane and the thorns being crowned upon his head while Pontius Pilate calls him "Adam."
Message 2: "Something Better" (preview and download the .doc file)
The book of Hebrews can be difficult to navigate. Chapter after chapter serves up echo upon echo of the Old Testament - Son of God, Joshua, the High Priest, and Melchizedeck. Over and over the writer of the book of Hebrews points to an Old Testament person, theme, or event, and then declares that Jesus is better. This message covers the book of Hebrews with broad strokes, and it will help your students see Jesus in ways that they might not have seen him before.
Message 3: "Chosen" (preview and download the .doc file)
Who are the people of God? What is the purpose of God? In the Old Testament, Israel is called a "kingdom of priests and a holy nation" (Exodus 19:4-6). But in the New Testament, Christians take on that distinction (1 Peter 2:9). What happened? Why does it matter? What does it mean? This message will help your students answer these questions.
NOTE: As always, my hope is not that you would say what I say, but that your own thinking and teaching are informed and improved by this resource.