Jesus is the Lamb of God
Has Jesus Christ become your Passover Sacrifice by Faith? Have you had His shed blood applied to protect your life from God's wrath? Have you eaten Him for your salvation? Do you rest safely in the shelter of His great salvation?
When John the Baptist stepped forward in John 1:29 and introduced Jesus as the Lamb of God he did so as the final Old Testament prophet, the son of a priest, and as the chosen forerunner of Christ. He identified Jesus as the Passover Lamb of God, how powerful, complete and transforming is that truth. Think of the dramatic sequence God had planned just on the day of Christ's crucifixion. On the day Christ died on the Cross-for our sins, it was the fourteenth day of A" bib, A.D. 33.
At the third hour (9:00 A.M.), Israel's high priest tied the Passover lamb to the altar for sacrifice. At that exact moment outside the city walls of Jerusalem, Jesus, the Lamb of God, was nailed to the cross.
For six hours both the Passover lamb and Jesus the Lamb of God, awaited death. Finally, at the ninth hour (3:00 P.M.), the high priest ascended the altar in the temple and sacrificed the Passover lamb.
At that exact moment from the Cross Christ's words thundered out over the city of Jerusalem, "It is finished!"
On Calvary's stark mountain, God the Father, the final High Priest of all creation, placed His holy hand on the head of His only begotten Son, allowing the total sin of the world to descend upon Jesus. Barely able to lift His blood-spattered face toward heaven, Jesus shouted in triumph, "It is finished!" (John 19:30).
Jesus as the Lamb of God summarizes God's Word completely. It is the greatest summary of Who Christ WAS, What HE DID, and how we participate. Today the panorama of Scriptures cries out to us:
- In the Old Testament the question was, "Where is the lamb?" (Gen. 22:7)
- In the four Gospels, the emphasis is "Behold the Lamb of God!" (John 1:29) Here He is!
- In Heaven all who come to Jesus sing with the heavenly choir, "Worthy is the Lamb!" ( Rev. 5:12)
The people of Israel were familiar with lambs for the sacrifices. At Passover, each family had to have a lamb; and during the year, two lambs a day were sacrificed at the temple altar, plus all the other lambs brought for personal sacrifices.
- Men brought those lambs to men, but here is God's Lamb, given by God to men!
- Those lambs could not take away sin, but the Lamb of God can take away sin. Those lambs were for Israel alone, but this Lamb would shed His blood for the whole world!
"It was neither exactly a sin offering nor a peace offering, but a combination of them both." Israel's paschal lamb was a kind of summary expression of all that the sacrificial system projected prophetically. Although every sacrifice and ceremony set forth a particular aspect of the Messiah's person and ministry, it is Passover that is singled out as the unifying typical illustration: "For Christ, our Passover, is sacrificed for us." There is a sense in which all other sacrifices were taken as grafts from Passover and rooted into the trunk of Levitical typology.
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