BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD
PLEASE READ IN THE BIBLE (JOHN )
Our scripture text in (John ) says, “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world”. Here is a most profound statement in the Word of God. What makes the contents so profound is what it says to us. Among other things it says;
In this message we want to “Behold the Lamb of God” with the purpose of learning about Him. There are some specific things that God wants us to behold about the Lamb of God. By way of outline we want to consider the following:
· The Witness of the “Coats of Skin”. (Genesis 3:21)
· The Witness of the Passover Lamb. (Exodus 12:3-7; 12, 13)
· The Witness of the Leviticus Offerings. (Hebrews 10:1-4)
· The Witness of God’s command to Abraham to sacrifice his son. (Genesis 22:1-13)
Let’s consider these points one by one beginning with;
1. BEHOLD THE WITNESSES OF THE LAMB OF GOD.
These witnesses are all found in the Old Testament of the Bible. It says in (Romans 15:4) “Whatsoever things were written aforetime (the Old Testament) was written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” Speaking of the Lord Jesus Christ, it says in (Luke 24:27) “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself”. Let’s notice first of all;
It says in (Genesis ) “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them”. Our first parents, Adam and Eve fell into sin when they heeded the words of the serpent (Satan) and disobeyed God. Because our first parents fell into sin, we are all born into this world with a sinful nature. We are sinners by nature and by practice. It says in (Romans 5:12) “As by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned”. After Adam and Eve sinned it says in (Genesis 3:7) “The eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons”. Satan “stripped them of their “robe of innocence” and left them naked and unfit for God’s presence. They tried to remedy their condition. “They were doing the best they can”. Many people try to deal with sin in their own life by doing the same, “doing the best they can”. Does this describe you my friend? Like the fig leaves, plucked from their parent stem that would not stand the test of time, so to, your self efforts to deal with sin will not avail before a Holy and Righteous God. The “coats of skin” were provided by God. The need of Adam and Eve could only be met by the death of another. The blood of an innocent victim had to be shed. It was a foreshadowing of a greater sacrifice of THE LAMB OF GOD that would provide the believing sinner with “the robe of righteousness and the garment of salvation”. Dear reader, have YOU been clothed with these salvation garments?
story of the “Passover Lamb” is found in (Exodus 12). The nation of
the book of Leviticus we read about the institution of animal sacrifices and
instructions given to
read in (Genesis 22:1, 2) “God did test Abraham --- And
He said take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee
Abraham was put to the test and Abraham passed the test. As Abraham lifted up his hand to slay his son Isaac, God said to him, “Lay not thine hand upon the lad”. It then says in (Genesis ) “And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns”. “Abraham took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son”. Notice the multiple witnesses of the LAMB OF GOD in this story. They include;
2. BEHOLD THE WALK OF THE LAMB OF GOD. (John 1:36)
God wants you to “behold the walk of the Lamb of God”. We read in, (John ) “And looking upon Jesus as He walked, he (John) saith, “BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD”. Here is the fulfillment of the words of Abraham, spoken many hundreds of years before, that God would provide Himself a lamb for a burnt offering. Dear reader, we are reminded from these words that the Lamb of God was here in this world. He walked in this scene. He left the glory of Heaven and came down in condescending grace. The “Lord of glory” became the “Lamb of God”. It says in (I Timothy ) “Great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh”. Why did the Son of God leave the glory of heaven to become the Lamb of God? It says in (1 Timothy ) “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”. Dear reader, Christ Jesus came into the world to save YOU. Have you ever acknowledged you’re sinful condition before a holy God? God says in His Word, (Romans 3:9-11)”All under sin”, “There is none righteous, no not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God”. “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God”. These words form part of “God’s Portrait” of sinful mankind. Man is not only a sinner, he is a guilty sinner and under the condemnation and wrath of God. It says in, (Romans ) “All the world guilty before God”. There is no question that man is unable to provide a way of salvation by his own efforts, be they ever so religious, righteous or remarkable. God has pronounced the verdict, “Guilty before God”. God has passed the sentence, “Death”. (Revelation 20:15; 21:8) “Whosoever was not found in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire”. “The lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: This is the second death”. Is your name in God’s “book of life”? It can be because God made a way of salvation for all who will believe. God, Himself, has provided the lamb for sacrifice. “BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD”. This brings us to …………
3.BEHOLD THE WORK OF THE LAMB OF GOD. (ISAIAH 53:7) (1 PETER 1:19)
God wants you to “behold the work of the Lamb of
God”. When Jesus was twelve years of
age, His parents, “found Him in the temple, sitting in
the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions”.
(Luke 2:46). He
said to His parents, (Luke ) “Know ye not that I must be about my Fathers business”. The
Fathers business was the sacrifice of the Lamb of God on the cross at
4. BEHOLD THE WORTH OF THE LAMB OF GOD. (REVELATION 5:9-14)
God wants you to “behold the worth of the Lamb of God. Revelation, chapter 5, describes a heavenly scene. When the Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, finished the work the Father had given Him to do, gentle hands took Him down from the cross and laid Him in a new tomb. On the third day He rose again, out from among the dead. (See Scriptures, Matthew 28:6, 7; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Some forty days later He ascended into Heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. (See Scriptures, Acts 1:9-11; Revelation 3:21). The Lamb of God is in Heaven today. See (Revelation 5:6-8). Those in Heaven, having been saved and born again by the Spirit of God, sing a new song, (Revelation 5:9)”Thou (the Lamb of God) art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation”. Notice the theme of their song, the worthiness of the Redeemer, and the greatness of His redemption. Dear reader, will you be in Heaven, singing the worth of the Redeemer? Please read also verses 10 through 14 about the universal and public acknowledgement of the worth of God and of the Lamb.
5. BEHOLD THE WIFE OF THE LAMB OF GOD (REVELATION 19:7-9)
God wants you to “behold the wife of the Lamb of God”. It says in these verses, (Revelation 19:7, 9) “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready”. “Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb”. There will be a wedding in Heaven. Just as a wedding should be, it will be a time of gladness and rejoicing. These verses in Revelation 19 speak of the marriage of the Bridegroom (Jesus Christ) and the bride (the church). The “church” in the Bible, consists of all who are saved, “born again” by the Spirit of God. The apostle Paul in writing to the Corinthian believers said, (2 Corinthians 11:2) “I have espoused (joined) you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ”. It is a metaphor speaking of the relationship established between Christ and the church, corporately, and the believer individually. It says in (Ephesians , 27) “Christ loved the church, and gave Himself for it”. That He might present it to Himself a glorious church”. Will YOU be at the wedding? Christ gave Himself for YOU. Are YOU saved? If not, why not? What are YOU going to do about this matter? If your not at the wedding you will be under His wrath.
6. BEHOLD THE WRATH OF THE LAMB OF GOD. (REVELATION 6:15-17)
God wants you to “behold the wrath of the lamb of God. It says in (Revelation 6:15-17) “The kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captions, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand”. Dear reader, it is a wise person who seeks to be sheltered from the coming wrath of God. These verses describe 7 classes of people, from the great to the small, who are hiding from God out of fear. They describe a scene of universal terror. It says in (Acts 17:30, 31) “God …now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that man (Jesus Christ) whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead”. Have YOU repented of your sins and believed on the Lord Jesus Christ as your own personal Savior? He will either be your Savior or your Judge. Neutral you cannot be. (Acts -34) describe the response of those who heard these words of the apostle Paul. They fell into 3 categories. It says that “When they heard of the resurrection of the dead, SOME MOCKED, AND OTHERS SAID, WE WILL HEAR THEE AGAIN OF THIS MATTER”. HOWBEIT CERTAIN MEN BELIEVED”. In which category are you my friend? Are you a mocker, a procrastinator, or will you be a believer?
My friend, I can tell you on the authority of the Word of God, that God loves you. He is not willing that any should perish. He wants you to be saved. This is why He sent His Beloved Son to die on the cross for your sins. You are traveling the “highway of life”. Now that you have read this message, you have come to “the crossroads”. Which way will you go? Will you continue to reject the Savior and God’s offer of salvation? Or, will you believe on Him and receive Him as your Lord and Savior? It is your decision and your responsibility.
Please give this matter your most serious attention. Will you be a believer or a non-believer? Your eternal destiny depends on your decision.