How Do the Psalms Relate to Jesus?

A good thing is happening in our day.  In more and more churches Christians are seeing the whole of Scripture in relation to Jesus.  What I mean is that it didn’t used to be this way a few decades ago.  People taught the Bible but it was in a vague or superficial manner in which they would draw principles out of it that were true but had nothing to do with the whole grand theme of Scripture.  What is the grand theme of the entire Bible?  Jesus Christ.  To say it another way: Jesus Christ is the end which every verse in the bible longs to take us.  To teach in any other way is to teach wrongly.

Sometimes this is easier to see in certain parts of the Bible than others.  In Luke 24:44 Jesus said, “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.”  Jesus means for us to learn the following from this verse:

He is the fulfillment of the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms.  This means the entire Old Testament speaks of Jesus, and that from looking into them we get a glimpse of His Person, His Work, and His Coming.  That Jesus is the fulfillment of the Law of Moses is made much of in Romans 10:4 which says, “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.”  This means that though the Law is good (Romans 7:7-12) and though the Law points out our sin (Galatians 3:24) it cannot save us, condemns us, and leaves us guilty before the holy God (Galatians 2:16).  Paul’s aim in Romans 10:4 is that the law leads us to Christ, and even more, when a person puts their faith in Christ, we receive the perfect righteousness the Law demands of us (2 Cor. 5:21), and are therefore counted perfect before God.  That Jesus is the fulfillment of the Prophets is made much of throughout all the prophetic writings in the Old Testament and especially in the book of Acts.  For example, Peter’s sermon on Pentecost in Acts 2 traces the work of God through the Old Testament in preparation for the coming of the Messiah.  Lesson?  All of the prophets told of a greater Prophet who would one day come and usher in the Kingdom of God.

How then is Jesus the fulfillment of the Psalms?

This is a bit less clear to many people, but it doesn’t have to be.  Here’s why.  The Psalms are prayers and songs, they are the cries of God’s people.  Thus, see Jesus fulfill every Psalm in that Jesus Himself is the definitive answer to the cries of His people, in this manner Jesus is the fulfillment of every Psalm.

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