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Jesus the Lamb of God

Day Thirty-One
by Gini Crawford, MSW
www.BecauseOfGod.com

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Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God. The only sacrifice that can secure our salvation is the sacrifice of the Lamb of God. So the One True God, Who created all things, and is self-existent, all powerful, eternal, the source of life, sovereign, holy, righteous, just, merciful, good, patient, gracious, unchanging, faithful, truth, all knowing, all wise, always with you, all seeing, all hearing, incomprehensible, kind, forgiving, and all loving - became our sacrificial Lamb. Pretty incredible I would say!

John, one of the writer's of the New Testament, understood Jesus as the Lamb of God, so he wrote in John 1:29,

...and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" NASB®

This insight of John's came from the Spirit, and from the already written, Old Testament. (2 Peter 1:20-21) In Exodus 12 the Bible states: A flawless lamb was to be sacrificed during the Feast of the Passover. The blood of this lamb would be used to cover the people's sin thus delivering them from death. (1 Corinthians 5:7) Jesus' sacrifice for our sins is illustrated in Isaiah 53 using a lamb.

The Lamb of God is our substitute. I think by now you understand how destructive sin is! It took death to pay for even one sin. Therefore God chose sacrificial blood as payment for a person's life. This allowed us to have a substitute die for our sins. In the Old Testament, God revealed to the Jews it was necessary for them to shed the blood of unblemished animals (their substitute) to cover their sins. (Leviticus 4:27-28, 32-35, 17:11) The Old Testament animal sacrifices made people realize how awful sin was, because it visually showed them each sin needed to be paid for by a death. People also saw it was impossible to sacrifice enough lambs, rams, goats, and so on to take a person's sins away, since people kept sinning. It was obvious, the dreadful bloody animal sacrifices would never do what was needed to permanently take away sin. God knew the only blood that has the power to take away all of our sins is His blood.

To Him (Jesus) who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood... knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold...but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. Revelation 1:5; 1 Peter 1:18-19 NASB®

How does the Lamb's sacrifice show you He loves you?

The Passover Lamb. About 2000 years ago in Jerusalem, the Passover was about to be celebrated. People were there to sacrifice their Passover lambs to cover their own sins. Outside Jerusalem on a hill that looked and smelled like death, the Roman soldiers were crucifying three men. Two of the men were criminals and deserved death. But the third was God Himself, being nailed to the cross because of our sins. Jesus Christ is our perfect Passover Lamb, our substitute. He died in our place. Jesus' one sacrifice covered our sins, so we could be completely forgiven, and be reconciled to Him.

...namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them... 2 Corinthians 5:19 NASB®

When you love someone don't you want to be with that person? Well, I know it's hard to believe, but the One True God wants to be with us. He gave His very life for that purpose.

By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but He (Jesus), having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time... And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us...He then says, AND THEIR SINS AND THEIR LAWLESS DEEDS, I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE. Now where there is forgiveness...there is no longer any offering for sin. Hebrews 10:10-18 NASB®

We tend to call ourselves our favorite name, whether it is our formal name or a nickname. I use my nickname, Gini. While teaching the Book of Revelation, I realized something very special. Out of all the names Jesus could be known by in Revelation, such as Creator, LORD, I AM or The King of kings, His favorite is the Lamb. It is used 30 times in the book. Why is this? It is because Jesus, as our Lamb, made it possible for our sins to be paid for and for us to be set us free from those sins, enabling us to be with Him. The fact that Jesus in eternity uses the Lamb as His favorite name, makes me realize how much He truly rejoices over being with you and me. (Jeremiah 32:38-41; Zephaniah 3:17; Hebrews 12:2) This is certainly a wonderful thought to ponder.

 

Life Application:

The Son of Man is another title Jesus was fond of for Himself, and is the name Jesus called Himself the most when He was on this earth. (It is used over 80 times in the Gospels.) So what does this name of God mean? This is because as the Son of Man, Jesus made it possible for the people He loved to be with Him. Son of Man comes from a prophecy given to Daniel where the future eternal sovereign rule of Jesus Christ on this earth is foretold. (Daniel 7:13-14) This name emphasizes both Jesus' humanity and His humiliation as our suffering Servant and Lamb (Matthew 17:22-23, 20:28); as well as His deity and eternal glorified state. (Matthew 25:31, 26:64).

Jesus explained in the gospels that as the Son of Man, He came to serve, and suffer, and to give His life as a ransom for us, bringing the guarantee of eternal life and the resurrection for all who want it. Jesus further explained that in the future, the Son of Man will come again in all His glorious majesty, power, and sovereignty as the One True God, to literally rule this earth in peace and love, but in righteousness and justice too. (Isaiah 9:6-7; Revelations 1:5-8, 12-18, 19:11-16, 20:6)

Why do you think Jesus used the name the Son of Man more than any other name when He was on this earth?

What does it mean to you personally that Jesus is the Son of Man?

Take some time and thank God for solving your sin problem through Him being your Lamb.

 

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