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Lamb of God

Lamb of God

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Published by Vijay Krishniah
Jesus our Parrover Lamb
Jesus our Parrover Lamb

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The Lamb of God
The New Testament, written for our age period [grace] gives confidence that we have life after death. The glorious resurrected body will be back on us because of the Lamb. New Testament begins with four gospels. These four Books are centered on One Man [Jesus] Who lived a peculiar and unique life. He taught His disciples to live in joy and peace in His kingdom thoughthey had to suffer for His cause. The four gospels address Him in four different ways. It is quietinteresting. Jesus is projected as King in Mathew, as Servant in Mark, as the Son of Man in Lukeand as Son of God in John. Thus we have Jesus personified as four person. But in John gospelalone Jesus was recognized as Lamb of God. The two cousins met each other near river Jordon.It was there John the Baptist introduced Jesus as the Lamb of God. It was Jesus who came to the place where John the Baptist was preaching and baptizing people. Jesus came all the way fromGalilee to be baptized by John.
The Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world 
” was the title John the Baptist gaveJesus. He was the only one who recognized Jesus in that way. John the Baptist forerunner toJesus used the most apt name that suited for the work Jesus came to this world. Jesus left Hisheavenly place to take a human form and came to this earth to live like any other human. It wasGod’s plan that He should give His only Son to this world to take away the sins of the world.
“For God 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 is the prime motive of God whenHe sent His son to this world. “
 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.
” [Gen 3:15]So here, we have a statement from God that His Son was going to crush the Satan under the heel.Satan was cunning and clever as he knew what God was speaking. The conflict between Jesusand Satan was from beginning.God sacrificed an animal [lamb] in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve sinned. The bloodwas spilled. We have no understanding where it was sprinkled. The blood became more prominent when God commanded Moses to use the blood as a symbol for God to recognize theIsraelites house when they were in Egypt as slaves. The blood was spilled because Israelitescommitted sin by selling their younger brother to slavery in Egypt. The blood was not only for the sin but also became a mark for God’s wrath to pass over. God asked Israelites to select aLamb from their own flock. This will give them the pain of killing it. They were to kill it in thetwilight and sprinkle the blood in the door post and lintel of their house. The door was the placewhere our sin lies.
So the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?
If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin liesat the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”
[Gen 4:16] The first Passover was known as Lord’s Passover. Lord slew the Egyptians firstborn in the midnight. The housedoors marked with blood were spared.Let us not be confused about the lamb and goat. They both are sacrificial animals used in the OldTestament period. They are two different characters. “
The lambs will provide you with clothing and the goats with the price of a field”.
[Prov. 27:26] Lamb will provide us clothing that will beneeded as a bride of Jesus. Goat had provided the blood to cleanse our sins. He paid a price for our field which is our soul. “
 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s
 
building.”
[1 Cor 3:9] Jesus took upon Him characteristics of the two sacrificed animals. Jesushad completed the work of the goat. We have to claim the blood of Jesus for our sins which hadalready been shed on the cross. The blood of Jesus as the Lamp protects as the blood of thePassover lamb protected Israelites from wrath of God. Lamb and goat can be compared to the prophecy of Isaiah “
 For to us a child is born [lamb of God], to us a son [goat for sin offering] is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor,Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
[9:6]
 
Even while these kind of animal sacrifices were going on in the Old Testament period for sinoffering, Prophet Isaiah foresaw Jesus as the Lamb that need to be sacrificed.
“He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth”.
[Is 53:7] See what Mark says about Him.
“But He kept silent and answered nothing.”
[Mark 14:61] Jesus coming as aLamb was not a new thought. Saints of God had visions of Jesus as a Lamb who will be sent byGod as a sacrifice for sins of the world.The birth of Jesus was another unique incident which proves the purpose for which He came.Joseph was not a homeless person. He was doing his own business as a carpenter. It was alucrative business during his time. He was living in Galilee. This is a sea shore where his skill incarpentry would have helped him to build boats. He was living a good life. He was a righteousman who would have given a good and comfortable home for his family. But now he gets a callto go back to his native place where he has to register Mary and himself. History was created onthe way back. God had predetermined that Jesus should be born in a cattle shed and laid in themanger, a trough which hold animal food. Yes a Lamb was born in that place. God’s plan cannever fail. God takes care of all minute things.John the Baptist plays the important role in Jesus becoming a Lamb of God. John was created byGod for just this reason. John lineage has been well explained in Luke to show us how we canunderstand the salvation given to us through Jesus Christ. Parents of John the Baptist were fromthe tribes of Aaron or to say priestly tribes [Levites]. Jesus Himself bore witness to John.
 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come.
” [Matt 11:13-14] John the Baptist had to live in the wilderness to assumethe high priesthood. John the Baptist had to be the representative of entire mankind, for thisreason he could not live among the people. John the Baptist was the true high priest created byGod. There were high priests and other leaders in the synagogues during the period of Jesus.John the Baptist identified Jesus as the Lamb of God to the crowd that was waiting for baptism.This revelation came to him through the Holy Spirit, Who anointed John even before his birth inhis mother’s womb. John the Baptist laid hands on Jesus head to confirm Jesus as a redeemer andSavior. If we do not believe in this act of John the Baptist let us not proceed further to understandwhat is Bible. John the Baptist passed the sins of the world onto Jesus through that Baptism. Thisact made Jesus the chosen God’s Lamb. Jesus knew this and made John the Baptist to understandredemption work can be fulfilled only by this baptism. Jesus became the Lamb.God could have easily forgiven us for the sins we had committed. But God had planned how thesins of the world can be forgiven by showing the pattern that will be followed exactly like the

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Paul writes that the sacrificial law is abolished (Ephesians 2:14-16) being that Jesus became the final sacrifice taking away all sin into heaven where he appeared before the Father to make atonement for the sins of the world (Leviticus 16:22-30). Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath, our Redeemer, God, and our High Priest (Hebrews 10:19-21) of an everlasting convenant.
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Jesus' death became the sin offering like unto the goat sacrificed in Lev 16:8-10 and at his resurrection he became the scapegoat (Lev 16:21-22) by entering into a place uninhabited (John 20:16-17) taking away our sins (1 John 3:5) from the world by ascending to heaven. (John 3:13)

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