“What’s the Old Testament all about?” Ever asked that question? I did, many times, over many years. I’d been raised in church, gone to Seminary, been a pastor for some years, and preached Old Testament sermons. Yet, I was still puzzled: “What’s the Old Testament all about? Why is it in the Bible? What’s the point of it when there’s no Gospel and no Jesus in it?”

But one day, the New Testament gave me the password to the Old Testament, and I want to share it with you (as long as you promise to share the password with others). Are you ready? Here it is—Luke 24:13-35. This password begins with an admission of folly and ignorance.