The Lamb of God

"Behold, the Lamb of God 

Who takes away the sin of the world!"

John 1:29

 

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Behold the Lamb:  pure and innocent, gentle and meek, giving and self-sacrificing -- but a stranger to this world of self-seeking and self-gratification. 

Look again:  "He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth." [Isaiah 53:7]  As a lamb led to the slaughter, He modeled a meekness mistaken for weakness, a submission mistaken for passivity. 

But He was strong, not weak, when He stood silent before His accusers.  He modeled strength when He chose obedience instead of resistance. The meekness of the Lamb demonstrates, not passivity, but a resilient power to endure any trial by trustful surrender to the will of God. 

Since His accusers couldn't take His life; He laid it down so that you and I might gain new life -- a heart-changing resurrection  in the Savior and everlasting  fellowship with the King of the universe.  

Behold the bleeding Lamb: "He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed." [Isaiah 53:5]

His bloodied, tortured body throbbed with pain, while "He poured out Himself to death" -- a death that bought and brought new life for us.  "Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow...." [Philippians 2:2-10]

 

Hear the Lamb calling you: "Come unto Me.... Follow Me...."  Are you willing to endure temporary discomfort, deprivation and pain now in order to share His joy and glory forever?

 

Remember the Lamb's path of triumph: "Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor." (John 12:24-26)

 

Behold the reigning Lamb: Crowned the King of Kings, the Lamb now reigns from His heavenly temple. A choir of celestial servants, friends and followers surround His throne with songs of jubilant praise: 

"Worthy is the Lamb that was slain 

to receive power and riches and wisdom and might 

and honor and glory and blessing... 

forever and ever. Amen."

 

Revelation 5:12

 

Beloved Lamb, I choose to share in your death and resurrection. I rejoice in the amazing reality that "I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me."  So take my life. Mold me and use me for Your purposes.  Let your will, not mine, be done -- even when my flesh screams a silent protest to your good and perfect will. 

 

For I know that these moments of earthly pain are producing "an eternal weight of glory" that far exceeds both temporary suffering and my limited understanding, even "while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal." [2 Corinthians 4:17-18]

 

Thank you, my precious Shepherd, glorious King, eternal Lamb.... Enable my heart to worship you forever.

"Blessing and honor and glory and power

Be to Him who sits on the throne,

And to the Lamb, forever and ever!"

Revelation 5:13

 

 

See also Isaiah 53; Luke 10:3; John 12:24-26; Romans 12:1; Philippians 2:9-10; 1 John 2:2; Revelation 5:9-13, 7:17, 12:10-11, 13:8, 17:4.

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