Does the Bible talk about Jesus before He was born? Is Jesus in the Old Testament?
Here's the answer:
It sure does!
The Bible tells us that Jesus didn’t just show up for the first time as a baby in Bethlehem. In fact, the story of Jesus is all over the pages of the Bible. In fact, Jesus is in the Old Testament!
Jesus is God, and has always existed. He became a man by being born to Mary, but that wasn’t the beginning of Jesus. In John chapter 1, Jesus is called "the Word," and John says the Word has always been around. He existed before the first piece of our universe was made. In fact, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit all had a part in the creation of our universe. Jesus isn’t just your Savior, He’s your Maker!
The Old Testament may never use Jesus’ name, but it’s full of people who were waiting on him. A man named Job, who lived thousands of years before Jesus, was waiting on a personal Savior. Job knew that one day he would die, but this unknown Savior would allow Job to rise from the dead and have eternal life (see Job 19:25–26)!
The Old Testament also has many predictions that were made about Jesus—and all of them came true! The prophet Isaiah said Jesus would be born on earth to a young woman (Isaiah 7:14). Psalm 22:16 said Jesus would be crucified. And the prophet Micah even said Jesus would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). Now that’s amazing!
Did all the people in the Old Testament know Jesus’ name? No, but they knew there was a Savior who would come and save them from their sins. Jesus isn’t just some guy who showed up at Christmas. He’s the Son of God, who has existed before the beginning of time.
"In the beginning, the Word (Jesus) was already there. The Word was with God, and the Word was God." (John 1:1)
"All things were created by him (Jesus). He created everything in heaven and on earth. He created everything that can be seen and everything that can’t be seen. He created kings, powers, rulers and authorities. Everything was created by him and for him." (Colossians 1:16)