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Behold The Lamb ..... March 21, 2021

Updated: Apr 5, 2021

He looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God! John 1:36 ESV When you mentally look at Jesus, who do you see? Do not answer with what you might think others would say; this is a personal question for you. Jesus asked this question of his disciples, and they told him what other people were saying, ( Matthew 16:14) but Jesus asked again.....But who do you say that I am? Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16: 15-16 ESV. I believe it is imperative that as a follower of Jesus you know who he is. He is not just a mere man as some might suggest. How we view Jesus will affect everything else in our lives and the world.

Sacrificial: Like a sheep, he was led to the slaughter and like a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he opens not his mouth. Acts 8:32 ESV When a person studies the life of Christ, they will see a person who was loving, giving, compassionate, a servant and __________. He who spoke the world into existence has chosen to be described as a helpless lamb yet was anything but helpless. God was willing to be and give himself as a sacrifice for the sins of the world. In most cases when we or someone we love encounters suffering, that suffering was not invited nor chosen. Yet in the case of Jesus, it was chosen knowing full well the pain that would be associated with it. The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priest and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. Luke 9:22 ESV. Call upon him for salvation. Jesus's sacrifice was intentional and deliberately allowed by God for the purpose of redemption and salvation for anyone willing to repent, believe, and call upon his name.

Perfect: The precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 1 Peter 1:19 ESV.

The lamb to be used in sacrifice was groomed for that very purpose. Sacrifices in the Old Testament, when done properly were deliberate and planned in order to offer a pleasing sacrifice before God to atone for sin. Man’s attempt to make a sacrifice perfect was still not perfect enough to be done only once. (Hebrews 9:11-14). When Jesus was sacrificed as the Lamb of God, and because he was perfect, no other sacrifice would ever be needed. There would never be another sacrifice that was perfect....... without spot or blemish.

Resurrected: When a lamb was sacrificed to atone for sin, it remained dead...... until Jesus... the Lamb of God. The death of Jesus was the result of our sin placed upon him at the cross. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV. The resurrection of Jesus conquered death and sin. Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our LORD JESUS CHRIST. 1 Corinthians 15:54-57 ESV

Application: As a believer....... Live every day thankful and give praise, honor, and worship to God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Because of His Grace ~ Pastor David