Names of Christ: Lamb of God
Gordon Robertson – President and CEO, CBN
One of the names of Jesus is Lamb of God. When you look at the history that’s recorded in the Bible, from the sacrifice of Isaac, when Abraham said God would provide for Himself the sacrifice, he is talking about the Redeemer to come. He’s talking about a wonderful appearance that would happen.
In the gospel of John, chapter one, John the Baptist announced Jesus. That was his ministry. He was to make the way straight. He was to declare who was to be the Messiah. Here’s what’s recorded in that gospel:
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.'” John 1:29-30
That’s a wonderful declaration by John the Baptist. We know that John the Baptist was born before Jesus. He’s a miracle birth. We know from Jesus that there is no prophet that was greater than John the Baptist. We know that. But here, John the Baptist is saying there is Someone who came after me but He existed before me. And He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
Now, here’s what Peter did to explain all of this. How could there be a Lamb of God, a Sacrifice of God, that would exist before John the Baptist? That would exist before Abraham? Because Jesus said that, “Before Abraham, I am.” So, He existed before! When Abraham declared God will provide for himself the sacrifice, he is talking about the Lamb of God.
Peter, the great apostle said,
“Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.” 1 Peter 1:18-20
Today, let the Lamb of God be manifest in your life. Realize that He was foreordained for you! That He was the lamb slain before the foundation of the world to provide a way for you—to provide redemption for you—that you could enter into the presence of God and enjoy it for all eternity.
Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away your sin—who takes away my sin.
Streams in the Desert – December 7
Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts. And this is but a light thing in the sight of the Lord: he will deliver the Moabites also into your hands” (2 Kings 3:16-18).
To human thinking it was simply impossible, but nothing is hard for God. Without a sound or sign, from sources invisible and apparently impossible, the floods came stealing in all night long; and when the morning dawned, those ditches were flooded with the crystal waters, and reflecting the rays of the morning sun from the red hills of Edom.
Our unbelief is always wanting some outward sign. The religion of many is largely sensational, and they are not satisfied of its genuineness without manifestations, etc.; but the greatest triumph of faith is to be still and know that He is God.
The great victory of faith is to stand before some impassable Red Sea, and hear the Master say, “Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord,” and “Go forward!” As we step out without any sign or sound–not a wave-splash–and wetting our very feet as we take the first step into its waters, still marching on we shall see the sea divide and the pathway open through the very midst of the waters.
If we have seen the miraculous workings of God in some marvelous case of healing or some extraordinary providential deliverance, I am sure the thing that has impressed us most has been the quietness with which it was all done, the absence of everything spectacular and sensational, and the utter sense of nothingness which came to us as we stood in the presence of this mighty God and felt how easy, it was for Him to do it all without the faintest effort on His part or the slightest help on ours.
It is not the part of faith to question, but to obey. The ditches were made, and the water came pouring in from some supernatural source. What a lesson for our faith!
Are you craving a spiritual blessing? Open the trenches, and God will fill them. And this, too, in the most unexpected places and in the most unexpected ways. Oh, for that faith that can act by faith and not by sight, and expect God to work although we see no wind or rain.
–A. B. Simpson
Isaiah 62:1, 6-7 1For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch.
6I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the LORD, give yourselves no rest, 7and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.
The Lord desires our constant intercession. He asks us to pray without ceasing. Regardless of how you interpret Zion and Jerusalem, we have the call to not remain silent. We need to share the great love of our God until so many enter the Kingdom of God that righteousness shines like the dawn and their salvation like a blazing torch. The more an area is converted and sharing by their life’s example, the more the Spirit of God dominates that area. People can’t help but come under the conviction of the Holy Spirit, because He has such freedom to work through the prayers of God’s people.
The LORD pleads with us to be consistent in intercession. He wants us to give Him no rest, but to bombard heaven with requests for salvation and the transformation of lives.
One day the heavenly city will be established in Jerusalem. The world will come to worship on bent knee, confessing Jesus as LORD. Peace and righteousness will be the order of the Kingdom, but until that day comes keep praying. Keep interceding for the lost. Keep heaven busy with your prayer requests. Don’t be silent! Don’t let entertainment steal your time that has eternal worth. Pray!
Consider: How does this verse apply to you and your city?
Life and walk of faith
By: Charles Spurgeon,
‘As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him.’ Colossians 2:6
Suggested Further Reading: 1 John 2:3–11
There are many Christians whose lives really are not consistent. I cannot understand this if they are walking in Christ; in fact, if a man could completely walk in Christ he would walk in perfect holiness. We hear an instance, perhaps, of a little shopkeeper who puffs and exaggerates as other shopkeepers do; he does not exactly tell a lie, but something very near it. Now I want to know whether that man was walking in Christ when he did that. If he had said to himself, ‘Now I am in Christ,’ do you think he would have done it? We hear of another who is constantly impatient, always troubled, fretting, mournful. I want to know whether that man is really walking in Christ as he walked at first, when he is doubting the goodness, the providence, the tenderness of God. Surely he is not. I have heard of hard-hearted professors who take a Christian brother by the throat with, ‘Pay me that thou owest.’ Do you think they are walking in Christ when they do that? We hear of others who, when their brothers have need, shut up the bowels of their compassion and are mean and stingy; are they walking in Christ when they do that? Why, if a man walks in Christ, then he acts as Christ would act; for Christ being in him, his hope, his love, his joy, his life, he is the reflex of the image of Christ; he is the glass into which Christ looks; and then the image of Christ is reflected, and men say of that man, ‘He is like his Master; he lives in Christ.’ O dear brethren, if we live now as we did the first day we came to Christ, we should live very differently from what we do.
For meditation: Christ gave us a perfect example—in service (Mark 10:43–45; John 13:14–15), in kindness, forgiveness and love (Ephesians 4:32–5:2), and in suffering (1 Peter 2:21–23). Could you honestly encourage other Christians to imitate you, as you imitate Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1)?