Behold the Lamb of God
Genesis - Chapter 22
Many times in the past we have spoken and written of the Saviour: his
name, Y'shua, Yahshua or
Emmanuel, his power over principalities in heaven and earth, over the
human body, the human mind and even the natural elements. We've
considered his work, his message, his healing powers and the poverty he
gladly accepted in order to save mankind. We've considered several
important questions others have asked him or about him:
In Sermon Note114
I've considered some questions the Saviour asked others:
- Art thou he that is to come, or do we look for another?
- Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? (John 18:37)
- Then said they unto him, Who art thou? (John 1:22)
- And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then
that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews? (Mark 15:12)
This Sabbath I will take the spiritual microscope and
study one verse> in Scripture and follow the advice of
John the Baptist when he said:
- Whom do men say that I am? (Mark 8:27)
- Whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ.
- For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Mark 8:36)
- What will ye that I shall do unto you? (Matthew 20:32)
“Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1: 29)
2. The Son of God
Jehovah the God of Israel is referred to in Scripture
as our Heavenly Father, the Ancient of Days, the Most High -
EL SHADDAI, the Holy One of Israel and I AM. The Almighty has
a Son, an only begotten Son: one who issued from His spiritual
body just as surely as an earthly son issues from his earthly
father's physical body. Yeshua is that Son. Yehshua is
not just a good man, a great prophet or leader who did mighty
miracles in the distant past and who taught mankind many
wonderful truths. He is the Son of the Almighty God!
He is God's only begotten Son: which means he was not created
as the angels were: not adopted like one adopts an orphan, but
he was ‘begotten’ of his Father. He is also
the ‘express image’ of his heavenly Father.
This means that his motives, thoughts, words, deeds and the
principles by which he lived were identical to his Father's.
In fact Jesus was the express image, a visible expression of
his Father's character. To be sure they are two separate
individuals, who inhabit two separate bodies; but they are
in total agreement, they have one purpose, one set of doctrines
and one plan. The prophet Daniel describes a meeting of these
two Beings in these words. Notice their descriptions a.)
The Ancient of days
and b.) The Son of Man.
Why did the Father, the Ancient of Days, hand over total authority to His Son? The answer is because He was totally satisfied
with His Son's performance. The Apostle Matthew tells of this when he heard the Father testify of His Son's performance.
- The Father and the Son:
||9: “I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.|
10: A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.
11: I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.
12: As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.
13: I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
14: And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”
||17: “And lo a voice from heaven saying: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
The Son tells us in the following words of his Father's plan to save mankind.
||16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.|
17: For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18: He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
3. The Sacrificial Lamb
Besides being the only begotten Son of the Most High, a position which itself is of inestimable worth, Yeshua is the Lamb of
God! He is Yahweh's sacrifice for sin. He alone can take away your sins, my sins and the sins of the entire world. What does
this mean to us? It means this:
- The wages of sin (transgression of Yahweh's law) is death - eternal
- The Almighty does not want any human being, however guilty he/she may
be, to suffer that penalty.
- So He provided a way of escape; someone who would die in the guilty
- That someone was His only begotten Son Yeshua; who agreed with
his Father's plan.
- To demonstrate the plan of salvation the animal sacrificial system of
the Old Testament was designed. It was to be a model, the type, a
living drama, an object lesson, a spiritual blueprint of the reality to
come. the reality was Jesus Christ's death on calvary. To obtain
forgiveness for sin, the sinner was to take the blood of a sacrifice,
confess his/her sins over it and forgiveness was granted. Before
Calvary this forgiveness was provisional: after Calvary it was
- When the Saviour, the real Lamb of God sacrificed his life he paid
the price for your sins and mine. Our forgiveness, our salvation, our
redemption, our inheritance was assured.
- It now remains for us to accept by faith these guaranteed spiritual provisions.
This and No Other is the Plan of Salvation.
Yahweh's provision for man's salvation has been made. Yet, strange as it
may seem, the Father (the ram) is making a greater sacrifice than His Son
(the lamb) did; a sacrifice He has kept secret from the whole universe
(Gen.22:8-13). Secret, because no mind in heaven or earth can properly
understand the instense sorrow, pain and separation that sin produced
between the Almighty and His creation. Secret also because He - the Father -
is far too modest a person to tell of His own sacrifice in the plan of
salvation: a sacrifice in which He beggared Himself in order to save His
human race from annihilation. But that is another subject.
4. That Taketh Away the Sin of the World
It is possible to speak at length on the subject of sin
and its cure. A thousand facts, arguments and illustrations
present themselves; the subject is vast. But this Sabbath
I will concentrate on just one aspect: that Yeshua is
the only remedy for sin. Yes, in every area of human
disorder, he alone is the answer. Other answers to man's
problems may present themselves, be tried and for a time
may even appear to work. But sooner or later all man-made
efforts will end in disaster; in failure so complete that
every thinking mind will eventually admit that man is unable
to save himself from any of his many problems.
Consider just a few areas where mankind faces massive
- Political Peace
- The human race balances on the brink of another world war: a war which
would cripple the economies of all nations. Areas of current unrest
include: the former Soviet Union, Africa, Afghanistan, Ceylon, the far
east, Bosnia, Ireland, China and the Middle East. Every week we hear of
yet another flare up; often in places of which many of us have never heard.
- AIDS and possibly even more deadly diseases are an increasing threat.
The world's puny medical resources could never hope to cure multiplied
millions of sick and diseased folk.
- The Environment
- Planet earth is dying. The air we breath, the water we drink and the soil
on which we grow our food, is becoming polluted - sick! Nothing we can
do - however valiantly we try - can reverse the destructive effects of
modern industrial farming on earth's eco-systems. Everyone knows this.
- Unemployment is a major problem in virtually every country on earth.
Within weeks whole communities could find themselves out of work.
The closure of a single factory often spells disaster for a community or
town. Unemployment spawns many other social ills, too numerous to mention.
- Corrupt governments, corrupt officials, impotent laws and short-sighted
plans have totally disrupted many nations of the world. The citizens of
many countries have become ungovernable.
- Social Problems
- Broken homes, violence, drunkenness, adultery, divorce, rape, incest,
burglary, drug abuse, homelessness, starvation and widespread poverty.
The list is long and growing.
It is at this time - amid all these dead-end circumstances -
I ask you to Behold Yeshua. His name means the
Salvation of Yahweh. He is the answer to life's
problems. He alone can pull you out of all your troubles
and grant you forgiveness, peace of mind and spiritual
prosperity in this world: and life eternal in the world
to come. The word ‘behold’ means look
at, scrutinize, consider, concentrate on - Y’shua,
Yahweh’s Lamb. The Apostles all advise us to do
the same thing: to behold and seriously consider the Saviour.
||18: “Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.”
||1: “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus.”
||20: Behold I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.|
21: To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame and am set down with my Father in His throne.”
Consider Also These Things:
Consider these things. Don't just dismiss them from your mind. Think
about them. Talk about them to your loved ones. Pray about them. Nothing
in heaven or earth can compare with their importance. Your top priority at
this very moment should be to accept salvation. You cannot afford to throw
away the free gift of eternal life. It's infinitely more important than you or
I can remotely imagine. But it's true. Yahweh's Word gaurantees your
salvation if you put your trust in Him. This guarantee comes to you free of
charge through the merits of the Lamb of God - Yeshua the Messiah!
- The catalogue of disaster sin has brought about in this world.
- The amazing sacrifice Yahweh made in sending His only begotten
Son to pay the price for sin. Have you accepted His offer of mercy?
Do not delay doing so.
- The still secret cost to Himself the Father made in order to save men
and angels from annihilation. It will take an eternity to appreciate
this still hidden price.
- The present offer of free salvation through His Son that Yahweh is
making to you.
- Acceptance means adoption into the family of God. Behold
what manner of love the Father hath shown unto us, that we should
be called the Sons of God! (1 John 3:1)
In the Son’s Name — For the Father’s glory.
Elder: Max W. Mader