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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Lamb of God

Jesus the Lamb of God

We read in, John 1:29-36


“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world!

This is the One I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because He was before me.’ I myself did not know Him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that He might be revealed to Israel.”

Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on Him. I would not have known Him, except that the One Who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on Whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is He Who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.”

The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!””

 

Behold the Lamb of God - A “lamb,” among the Jews, was killed and eaten at the Passover to commemorate their deliverance from Egypt, Exodus 12:3-11. A lamb was offered in the tabernacle, and afterward in the temple, every morning and evening, as a part of the daily worship, Exodus 29:38-39.

The Messiah was predicted as a lamb led to the slaughter, to show His patience in His sufferings, and readiness to die for man, Isaiah 53:7. A lamb, among the Jews, was also an emblem of patience, meekness, gentleness. On “all” these accounts, rather than on any one of them alone, Jesus was called “the Lamb.”

He was innocent 1 Peter 2:23-25; He was a sacrifice for sin the substance represented by the daily offering of the lamb, and slain at the usual time of the evening sacrifice Luke 23:44-46; and He was what was represented by the Passover, turning away the anger of God, and saving sinners by His blood from vengeance and eternal death, 1 Corinthians 5:7.

The Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world: John the Baptist calls him a “lamb”, either with respect to any lamb in common, for His harmlessness and innocence; for His meekness and humility; for His patience; and for His usefulness, both for food and clothing, in a spiritual sense (Do you remember Jehovah God made made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, Eve and clothed them after they sinned in the Garden of Eden, see Genesis 3:21) as well as for His being to be a sacrifice for the sins of His people: or else with respect to the lambs that were offered in sacrifice, under the Mosaic legal dispensation; and that either to the Passover Lamb, or rather to the lambs of the daily sacrifice, that were offered morning and evening; since the account of them best agrees with what is said of this Lamb of God, Who was slain in type, in the morning of the world, or from the foundation of the world(Read Revelation 13:8, “All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast--all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world); and actually in the evening of the world, or in the end of it; and Who has a continued virtue to take away the sins of His people, from the beginning, to the end of the world; and their sins, both of the day and night, or which are committed every day: for as they are daily committed, there is need of the daily application of the Blood and Sacrifice of Christ, to remove them; or of continual looking unto Him by faith, Whose Blood has a continual virtue, to cleanse from all sin: the Jewish doctors say that “the morning daily sacrifice made atonement for the iniquities done in the night; and the evening sacrifice made atonement for the iniquities that were by day.”

In various things they were types of Christ, as that they were lambs of the first year, which may denote the weakness of the human nature of Christ, which had all the sinless infirmities of it; they, were also without spot, signifying the purity of Christ’s human nature, Who was holy and harmless, a lamb without spot and blemish; these were offered as a sacrifice, and for the children of Israel only, as Christ has given Himself an offering and a sacrifice to God, both in soul and body, for the sins of the true Israel of God, the Israel whom God has chosen for Himself, whether Jews or Gentiles; for Christ is the propitiation for the sins of both: and these were offered daily, morning and evening; and though Christ was but once offered, otherwise He must have often suffered; yet as He has by one offering put away sin forever, so there is a perpetual virtue in His sacrifice to take it away, and there is a constant application of it for that purpose; to which may be added, that these lambs were offered with fine flour, oil and wine, for a sweet savor to the Lord; denoting the acceptableness of the sacrifice of Christ to His Father, to Whom it is for a sweet smelling savor, Ephesians 5:2.


O Jesus,  the Lamb of God!

You were slain like a Lamb to take away my sin. How can I thank You enough for that?  No other way but accepting Your Mercy and Love and living as a living sacrifice bringing honor and glory to You.

I will tell everybody that You are the Savior and the King Who will come again, this time not as a gentle Lamb to be slaughtered anymore, but as a roaring Lion of Judah with an iron scepter Who conquers the evil forces and rule the whole earth as the Prince of Peace, as the King of kings and as the Lord of lords.

I do believe Amen.

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