The LAMB OF GOD
Lamb of God. Why is Jesus Christ referred to as a
"Lamb" and not something else from the animal kingdom. You know, I
enjoy watching rugby league on television at weekends.
Australian NRL teams have names symbolizing an animal or something that
comes from the area of the team. The Canterburys are Bulldogs,
while the South Sydneys are Rabbits and there are others like the
Roosters, Tigers, Panthers, Sharks and the Broncos.
Countries name their football teams after some animals or birds from
their land. The South African rugby team are the Springboks, the
British team Lions, and the France Roosters.
the Old Testament in the Book of Daniel, nations or the empires were
referred to by animal symbols. The Babylonians were the Lion. The
medo-persians were the Bears and the Greek were the
Leopard because of the speed at which they will conquer the known world
through Alexander the Great.
Much later people who performed brave acts
were also referred to by some animal symbols. Richard the Lionhearted
is one that comes to mind immediately.
why was Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the Son of the Living God, soon to
come King of kings referred to as a “Lamb of God”. We know the Lamb is not an
animal of strength like the Bear. Nor is it a majestic animal like the
Lion, or an animal with speed like the Leopard or the Cheetah. Why the
The lamb to me is an animal
which is vulnerable and defenseless. It is an animal that needs to be
protected, cared for and even fed if need be. It has no armor to
protect itself from preys. It has no teeth to bite back in defense; it
has no speed to flee from its attackers and it always follows, never
leading by itself.
the first book of the Bible, Genesis, we find one of the better-known
prophecies of the coming Lamb of God. In Genesis 22, God commands
Abraham to offer his beloved son Isaac as a sacrifice. God is not
approving child sacrifice among men -- He is foretelling His Child
sacrifice for men.
obedient to God, not willing to keep anything from God, even his
beloved son. On the way to the altar, Isaac asks his dad, "Look, the
fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?" In
response, Abraham prophesied, "My son, God will provide himself a lamb
for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together" (Genesis
When they arrive at the
place of sacrifice, Abraham prepares to offer Isaac to the Lord, but
before Abraham could slay his child, God stops him. We read, "Abraham
stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.
Angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, 'Abraham,
Abraham!' So he said, 'Here I am.' And He said, 'Do not lay your hand
on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God,
since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me'" (Genesis
Before they leave the mountaintop, Abraham again prophesies
the coming of the Lamb of God. "And Abraham called the name of that
place Yahweh Jireh: as it is said to this day, 'In the mount of the
LORD it shall be seen'" or God will provide. (Genesis 22:14).
2,000 years later, on that same mountain just outside Jerusalem, God
offered His only Son, the Lamb of God, as a sin offering to restore
fallen man to the Holy Living God Almighty.
second most significant prophecy of the Lamb of God is in Exodus 12 and
13, with the Jewish Feast of the Passover. This is perhaps the most
compelling foreshadow of the coming Lamb of God, the Messiah.
Passover Feast occurs each year on the 14th day of the Jewish month of
Nisan. It is in remembrance of the Lord "passing over" the houses of
those who had sacrificed the Passover Lamb and sprinkled its blood on
their wooden doorposts.
The angel of death visited those who had not
sprinkled the blood of the lamb. The angel of death was the final of
ten plagues sent by God to redeem His people from slavery in Egypt, the
land of their bondage.
About 1,500 years later, on the 14th
day of Nisan, Jesus Christ was sacrificed on a wooden cross
for the sins of all mankind.
When the Day of the Lord comes, those who have covered themselves in
the blood of the Lamb by accepting Christ will be safe while the world
pays for their rebellion against God.
third fulfillment of the prophecy of the Lamb of God is in the New
Testament when John the Baptist declares, "Behold! The Lamb of God who
takes away the sin of the world!" John 1:29. John the Baptist was "the
voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the LORD;
Make His paths straight'" (Isaiah 40:3; Matthew 3:3).
warned the world to "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand"
(Matthew 3:2). The Apostles "went out and preached that people should
repent" (Mark 6:12), and Jesus declared, "I tell you, no; but unless
you repent you will all likewise perish" (Luke 13:3,5).
therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that
times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord..." (Acts
God Almighty has given this
testimony to a fallen world: "It is appointed for men to die once, but
after this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). Therefore, repent of your sins
and accept the Lord your God who "so loved the world that He gave His
only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but
have everlasting life" (John 3:16).
this Lamb of God is coming soon. Repent of your sins and accept Him
while you can. At His coming it will be too late. Accept Him Now while
you still have breath.
Accept Him Now while there is peace. Accept the
Lamb of God Now while you still have the ability to choose because when
death comes, there will be no choice. Glory to God.
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