Old Testament Heroes Were Saved by Christ…
Today’s verse tells us how the Old Testament heroes were saved by Christ:
Women received back their dead through resurrection. Some were tortured and would not accept deliverance, in order to obtain a better resurrection… Yet all these, though approved because of their faith, did not receive what had been promised. God had foreseen something better for us, so that without us they should not be made perfect. -Hebrews 11:35,39-40, NAB
The author of Hebrews is telling us in this verse how the Old Testament heroes finally obtained a “better resurrection” with the saving work of Christ. They may have lived under the Old Covenant, but they received their reward under the New.
This answers a question that I have heard many times: what happened to the people that lived before Christ? Now, we can plainly see that the Old Testament heroes were saved by Christ, and God included them in His plans all along.
Of course, this completely makes sense. Throughout the Old Testament, we see a foreshadowing of Christ’s saving work. Everything from Genesis to Malachi builds up to the final climax found in the Gospels. The story that began with the Old Testament heroes is completed by the ultimate Hero, Jesus Christ.
The Old Testament, then, is not just a collection of stories meant to inspire us. It is not a collection of old laws that no longer apply. It is an integral part of the salvation story and a large part of God’s greater plan for the world.
God has a plan for each of us. He had a plan for the Old Testament heroes. He had a plan for Christ. He had a plan for the early Church fathers and the saints. And God has a plan for you and me. Our story may not be complete yet, but God already knows the ending.