This is what God gave me today in His word:
And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!
Jesus said these words to two of His disciples while on the road to Emmaus. His disciples, at the moment, still don’t believe that Jesus truly rose from the dead. So, to confirm to them that He had indeed risen, Jesus reminds them of what the prophets have said. Not only that, but read the next couple of verses:
Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. (Luke 24:26-27)
He showed them, in all the books of the Prophets, the things which concerned Himself. Not only that, but He interpreted them in light of how the Christ was to suffer and then enter into glory. In essence, He shared the Gospel from the Old Testament.
The good news that Jesus has died, and risen again for the salvation of all, can be found all throughout the Bible, including the Prophets. And, if the references to the cross are there, then there is no reason that we should not look for them. All Scripture has a purpose, and passages which reference or point us to the cross are no different; they are there for our benefit and encouragement.
You are Loved!