June 24, 2018
One of the final aspects of the Life of Christ on Earth has to do with Jesus as "The Lamb of God" These notes are from "Did Jesus Just Happen?"
In the Gospel account the statement that John the Baptist as he saw Jesus coming out of the wilderness was "The Lamb Of God which has come to take away the sin of the World" During these thoughts within the next few weeks, it will also include the purpose of the Lamb.
John the Baptist had been preaching and baptizing at Bethany beyond Jordan. His preaching had attracted people from far and wide. Great crowds came to hear this mighty Prophet of the wilderness. Reminder that John was the first Prophet of God to appear for 400 years of silence from God. The forcefulness of his preaching had given rise to many conjectures as to his place in God's Kingdom.
A delegation was sent from some of leaders in Jerusalem to inquire concerning the place he claimed for himself. The questions wee direct and to the point: Who Are You? Are you Elias? Are you a Prophet? Having denied vigorously and identity with these prophets or with the Messiah, he declared that he was only a voice in the wilderness, crying, "Make straight the way of the Lord." John persisted in talking, not about himself, but about the One who is about to come, the strings of whose shoes he is not worthy to tie. On the next day following the episode, John the Baptist had opportunity to point to those standing with him this Coming One. As Jesus approached, John pointed to Him and said, "Behold the Lamb of God, which has come to take away the sin of the World." Then He added, "This is the one I have been telling you about all the time. He comes after me but He is really before me. At first, John stated that He didn't know who He was, but when I saw the Spirit descent like a dove upon Him at His baptism, then I knew He was the Messiah, for I had been told that this would be the sign.
Thus did John the Baptist introduce Jesus to his congregation. The statement "The Lamb of God, which has come to take away the sin of the world" is the whole Gospel in a nutshell.
From this point, their are three aspects or thoughts to be considered in relationship to the Lamb of God of which I will cover in the next few weeks.
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor