We’ve been working through the Old Testament looking for the New Testament Jesus 100’s, even 1,000’s of years before He was born. They’re all great stories on their own, but they absolutely paint a picture of who Jesus will be and what he’ll do for those who believe. Jesus claimed that the entire Old Testament pointed to Him (Luke 24:27; John 5:46). Since the Book of Lamentations is a part of the OT, let’s take a look to see how it points to Jesus.
Lamentations is a word that means, “The passionate expression of grief or sorrow; scenes of weeping and grief.”
Jeremiah’s two books, Jeremiah and Lamentations, definitely bring feelings of sorrow to the forefront. The book of Jeremiah does as it predicts the destruction of Jerusalem and the book of Lamentations does as it looks back at it. Lamentations allows us to look at all that made Jeremiah sorrowful (Lam 2:11). His heart was broken by the seriousness and awful consequences of sin.
But, in the midst of all of this, Lamentations also points to the hope and mercy of God (Lam 3:22-25). It talks about God fulfilling the covenant promise He made to His people. There is going to come forgiveness and restoration through a Savior. This is for us too, our sin is as equally bad as any sin in Lamentations. Our sin is also wicked before God.
- Lamentations points to Jesus as He cries out from the cross, as he suffers for our sin, my sin, as He laments for His people.
- Lamentations points to Jesus as our Savior as He pays the price for sin for all who believe, declaring us not guilty.
May we each believe and grab hold of that promise. May our sins be blotted out because of what Jesus has done for us.