Suggested further reading: Hebrews 7:26-28
The disciples believed many of the things that the prophets had
spoken, but not all. They believed the predictions of Messiah's
glory but not of Messiah's sufferings. Many in the modern world err
in like manner, believing part but not all of Scripture (v. 25).
Our Lord briefly states the whole truth about the expected
Messiah (v. 26). He was one who was to suffer first and afterwards
to reign, to be cut off first and afterwards have a kingdom, to be led
as a Lamb to the slaughter first and afterwards to divide the spoil as
Many a commentator has remarked on verse 27 that it
would have been a blessing to the church if it had possessed the
exposition which our Lord here gave. For wise reasons it has been
withheld from us. But it is probable that we have at best very
inadequate ideas of the fulness of our Lord's exposition. Judging from the
use he made of Scripture during his earthly ministry, he saw
probably many things concerning himself which we fail to discover.
The Old Testament is full of Christ because Christ was the
substance of every Old Testament sacrifice ordained in the law of
Moses. Christ was the true Deliverer and King of whom all the
judges and deliverers in Jewish history were types. Christ was the
coming Prophet greater than Moses whose glorious advent filled the
pages of the prophets. Christ was the true Seed of the woman who was
to bruise the serpent's head, the true Seed in whom all nations were
to be blessed, the true Shiloh to whom the people were to be
gathered, the true Brazen Serpent, the true Scapegoat, the true Lamb to
which every daily offering pointed, the true High Priest of which
every descendant of Aaron was a picture. These things, or something
like them, we need not doubt were some of the things which our
Lord expounded on the way to Emmaus.
Let it be a settled principle in our minds in reading the Bible
that Christ is the central Sun of the whole book. So long as we keep
him in view we shall never greatly err in looking for spiritual knowledge.
For meditation: Without Christ, the Old Testament is a mass
of untied loose ends.