Imagine if the Statue of Liberty had no torch.
Wouldn’t make sense, would it – with her standing out in the middle of the harbor, holding her homework and trying to hail a cab?
The Statue of Liberty is all about the torch. Without it, she is incomplete. The foundation “needs” a statue; the statue “needs” an arm; the arm has to have a torch! Anything less just doesn’t work – it’s not complete.
The Old Testament is incomplete without Jesus. It shows why He is needed, tells of His coming, gives living hints about His character and purpose, and explains the Plan of God that would one day be perfected by His crucifixion and resurrection. The Old Testament literally cries out for the Messiah to come and bring completion. The Old without the New is like the Statue of Liberty without the torch.
The Old Testament really doesn’t make sense without the New. The converse is also true. The New Testament only makes complete sense when it is established on top of the Old.
That is why Jesus said:
““Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked. “Yes,” they replied. He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has been instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”” (Matthew 13:51-52)
Here’s a tip: When you are reading the New Testament and come across a reference to the Old Testament (usually printed as a bold, lower case letter), turn back and read the section it points to. It’s amazing to read the Bible from bottom to top.