July 8, 2018
We continue from "Did Jesus Just Happen" on the Lamb of God with our discussion of the Second Aspect of the Lamb of God dealing with the Nature of the Lamb.
If Jesus is the Lamb and we believe the Scripture which states that He is The Lamb of God which comes to take away the sin of the world, then there must be something in this term which reveals the nature of Christ. "Lamb" has been a familiar term to the people of the Near East since the earliest times. Sheep raising has been a leading vocation among the people of the area since the beginning. Therefore, the people to whom John spoke these words were better able to interpret their true meaning and significance than those of us who live in the major industrialized sections of the world. However, by doing a little investigating we are able to arrive at the basic significance of this term as applied to Jesus. At least three things are suggested in the analogy.
Like a lamb, Jesus is know for His gentleness. One of the most outstanding features in the character of a lamb is it gentleness. The lamb is never know to be ferocious, wild or belligerent. Even so is Jesus known for His gentleness. The prophet Isaiah describes the Messiah in such manner when he says, "He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause His voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall He not bread, and the smoking flax shall He not quench." (Isa. 42: 2,3)
Matthew refers to this prophecy as having been fulfilled in Jesus (Matt. 12: 19,20). He was indeed meek as a lamb. Those who knew Him in the flesh could not help but be impressed by His gentle and quiet disposition.
Like a lamb, Jesus is known for His patience. A lamb is not only gently, he is also patient. He could endure the pain of the shearing without a whimper. With inexplicable patience, Jesus endured gracefully many calumnies, insults and injuries.
Even when they nailed Him to the Cross, He could pray, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." He is always long suffering towards us. Patience, from any point of view, finds His perfect expression in the Son of God.
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor