July 1, 2018
As we continue our thoughts from "Did Jesus Just Happen" on the Lamb of God, there are several aspects which we will consider concerning the relationship of Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God.
First, there is no doubt that John the Baptist in the Gospels is referring to Jesus when he uses the title, "The Lamb of God." This nomenclature is appropriated to the One who is approaching and that One is Jesus. Jesus, then, is the Lamb of God. John the Baptist is not alone in designating Jesus by this title. In prophecy the Messiah is described as being "brought as a lamb to the slaughter" (Isa. 53:7) The Eunuch was reading from this passage of the Old Testament when Philip arrived and "began at the same scripture and preached unto him Jesus" (Acts 8:35), thus identifying Jesus with this Lamb of Isaiah's prophecy. In explaining our redemption the Apostle Peter reminds us that, "Ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from yhour vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers: But with the precious Blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot" (1 Peter 1: 18-19) . In the Apocalypse John refers frequently to Jesus as the Lamb of God (Revelation 5: 6: 6-1).
The identity becomes even clearer when we analyze the pre-positional phrase, "of God". which follows "The Lamb." Here is the case of a subjective genitive and it implies at least two things. First, it suggests that this Lamb belongs to God. He is God's Lamb. All through His ministry Jesus seemed to express repeatedly a keen sense of belonging to God. An example of this is found in John 5:19 "The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do; for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. This subjective genitive also suggest that this Lamb is sent from God. He not only belongs to God, but He is actually sent out on His redemptive mission by God Himself. He is not just a Lamb, but He is "The Lamb of God". This takes away all vagueness and indefiniteness. He is that one Lamb, belonging to God, who is sent out by God for a special purpose. Jesus speaks often of the "will of the Father which hath sent Me" (John 5:30)
Next week we will discuss the second aspect of the Lamb of God and His nature.
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor