Anyone who casually picks up an English translation of the bible will not automatically see Jesus Christ in the Old Testament. He is not spoken of directly by name, or so it seems. There are prophesies about a coming “anointed one,” a “messiah,” a prophet “greater than Moses,” and a king who would “sit on the throne of David.” But, do these prophecies point to an extraordinary man, or some divinely enhanced man, some angelic deity in human form, or is Jesus God in human form?
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Gen 1:1 ESV)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without was not anything made that was made … And the word became flesh and dwelt among us and we have seen his glory, glory as from the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (Jn 1:1-3, 14 ESV)
According to John, the first public miracle of Jesus was the transformation of water to wine (Jn 2:1-11). This event is important for several reasons, but with regard to the identity of Jesus, this miracle demonstrates the power of Jesus to create. In the creation account in Genesis, the first substance created was water (Gen 1:2) and out of water God formed everything else. In like manner, Jesus made wine out of water. It was a creative act astonishingly similar to original creation. Through this miracle, Jesus demonstrated his glory and as a result his disciples believed in him (Jn 2:11). John is not the only New Testament writer to attribute to Jesus the role of Creator.
In reference to Jesus, Paul writes: For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. (Col 1:16 ESV)
Speaking of Jesus, the writer of Hebrews quotes from Ps 102 saying: “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands; they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment, like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will have no end.” (Heb 1:10-12 ESV)