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April 2, 2013 - God's Lamb

By Ron Johnson

The message of God's Word may be summed up in this manner: "Where is the Lamb?" "Behold the Lamb!" and "Worthy is the Lamb!" — all referring to the Lord Jesus Christ and His identity as the perfect sacrifice for our sins.

Where is the Lamb?

The question "Where is the Lamb?" finds its source in Genesis 22:7 where we read: "Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, 'Father?' 'Yes, my son?' Abraham replied. 'The fire and wood are here,' Isaac said, 'but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?'" (NIV).

Abraham had been commanded by God to offer his and Sarah’s only son, Isaac, upon the sacrificial altar. "Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, 'Abraham!' 'Here I am,' he replied. Then God said, 'Take your son, your only son, whom you love — Isaac — and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you'" (Genesis 22:1,2).

In faith, Abraham obeyed God's command. He was confident concerning the ultimate outcome. He remembered God's eternal, unconditional covenant with him (Genesis 12:1-3; 17:1-8). He also realized Isaac was the promised seed through whom the covenant would continue (Genesis 17:21; 21:12). Therefore, Abraham trusted that even if he sacrificed Isaac upon the altar, God would resurrect Isaac from the dead in order to fulfill His plan and purpose (Hebrews 11:17-19).

In response to Isaac's question, "Where is the lamb?" Abraham in faith replied, "God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son" (Genesis 22:8). There is nothing in the text to suggest Isaac resisted Abraham when it came time to be placed on the altar. It seems clear Isaac accepted his father's response at face value, believed God would provide the special, sacrificial lamb, and willingly submitted to God's will and to his father Abraham.

For hundreds of years, on a daily basis the priests of Israel continued to echo Isaac's cry, "Where is the lamb?" Of all the lambs sacrificed in Israel's worship of God, none was as important to Israel as was the Passover lamb. Through this special lamb, God's people were saved from the death angel and delivered from Egyptian bondage.

In Exodus 12:3 we read: "Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household." It was through the killing of this lamb, the eating of its flesh, and the faithful application of its blood that salvation and deliverance were provided to Israel.

In the Passover, God gave to His people a beautiful, symbolic portrait of the eternal truth of salvation through the blood of God's supreme Lamb, the Lord Jesus Christ! Thousands of years later, multitudes have yet to encounter Christ, and still echo the cry, "Where is the Lamb?"

Behold the Lamb!

But wait! We can hear another voice crying in the wilderness: "John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, 'Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!' ... The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, 'Look, the Lamb of God!'" (John 1:29,35,36).

John the Baptist was telling his disciples, "We don't need to search any longer. Jesus, the carpenter from Nazareth, is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Jesus is the Lamb of God, and He will take away the sins of the world." Unfortunately, at this time Israel by and large rejected its Messiah. Many refused to acknowledge and accept Jesus as their Savior. This is also true today. But thank God that "to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God" (John 1:12).

Human nature hasn't changed during the last 2,000 years. Despite their inward hunger and thirst for God, many still reject Christ. Questions concerning the meaning and purpose of life still haunt their minds, but they close their hearts to the only answer.

Even when they are driven to their knees in desperation, many still refuse to give up their selfish desires and accept the only way of salvation. The cry of their lonely hearts remains, "Where is the Lamb?" The Church calls forth with the proclamation: "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!"

Worthy is the Lamb!

Because God's Lamb, the Lord Jesus Christ prevailed and with His own blood purchased our salvation, heaven's hosts can proclaim with the redeemed: "Worthy is the Lamb!" In Revelation 5:2 the apostle John records an angel's loudly proclaimed question, "Who is worthy?"

The choir of heaven erupts in praise to the Lord Jesus Christ: "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth" (Revelation 5:9,10).

Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. He is the Supreme Passover Lamb who was sacrificed for us (1 Corinthians 5:7). Yes, He is God, who provided himself as the Lamb. "God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son" (Genesis 22:8).

The cry of each lost person, whether they realize it or not, is, "Where is the Lamb?" In vain, people search through the maze of this world's philosophies and wisdom seeking to satisfy the hunger and thirst of their soul. My friend, the answer is found in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Perhaps you are at a crossroads. You've searched, seeking for something to fill the emptiness in your soul. Through reading this article, you've come face-to-face with the understanding that your heart is crying, "Where is the Lamb?" As you read the proclamation, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" your heart has been touched. The Holy Spirit has opened your heart and enlightened your mind.

Now is your time of your salvation! Receive God's gift through Jesus Christ. Then, with the choir of heaven, you too can proclaim, "Worthy is the Lamb!"

— Ron Johnson is a freelance writer. He is retired from the Assemblies of God National Leadership and Resource Center.

 

 

 

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