The first presentation, given by Deacon James Mawdsley last Wednesday, began by quoting Jesus' statement that His Passion, Death and Resurrection are written about in Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms (see Lk 24:44-46). Specific examples were considered, each given by Jesus Himself, from "the words which I spoke to you while I was yet with you" (Lk 22:44). From the Books of Moses, Jesus tells us He is figured by the brazen serpent (Jn 3:14-15; cf Num 21:7-9). From the Books of the Prophets, Jesus tells us He is figured by Jonah (Mt 12:39-41; 16:4; cf Jon 2:1-11). From the Psalms, numerous lines are given their fullest expression by Jesus on the Cross (see Ps 21; 30; 33; 68; 108).
As Jesus, the Incarnate Truth, says that He is to be found in the Old Testament, the Church has taught the same ever since her very first day. Examples were considered from St Peter and St John (Acts 4:24-28; cf Ps 2:1-2), St Philipp (Acts 8:31-35; cf Is 53:7-8), and St Paul (Rom 5:14; 1 Cor 15:22,45; cf Gen 1-3). Again these referred to Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms (corresponding approximately to the Torah, the Nevi'im and the Ketuvim of the Tanakh).
This first talk having established that Jesus is written about in the Old Testament, as Jesus and the newborn Church testify, the second talk will examine examples of how Jesus is there present. Taking a lead from the Church Fathers in the early centuries, we will see that Jesus' Passion is hidden mystically in the lives of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Boaz, David, Jonah and Ezekiel.
The third and fouth talks (slide-shows) are scheduled for Wednesday 2nd & 9th March, also at 7pm at St Mary's.