The Gospel Story
The Lamb Of God
Question: How can God be just and merciful at the same time?
The central character of the entire Bible is one person: Jesus Christ – The Lamb of God
The truth about the Lamb of God stretches from Genesis to Revelation
The Story Of The Lamb
- The Lamb is Necessary
“And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.” (Genesis 3:21, ESV)
This has been called the first gospel sermon. It points to the fact that salvation:
- Is of God Alone
- It is accomplished by an innocent Substitute
- It is accomplished by the Shedding of blood
“Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.” (Hebrews 9:22, ESV)
- The Lamb is Provided
“And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”” (Genesis 22:13–14, ESV)
- The Lamb is Slain (Exodus 12)
“Take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and touch the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. None of you shall go out of the door of his house until the morning.” (Exodus 12:22, ESV)
- The Lamb must be Perfect
“And when anyone offers a sacrifice of peace offerings to the Lord to fulfill a vow or as a freewill offering from the herd or from the flock, to be accepted it must be perfect; there shall be no blemish in it.” (Leviticus 22:21, ESV)
- The Lamb is identified as a Suffering Savior
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:6–7, ESV)
- The Lamb is identified as Jesus
“The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29, ESV)
- The Lamb is to be proclaimed to the Nations
“And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus.” (Acts 8:34–35, ESV)
- The Lamb is to be Trusted for salvation
“knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.” (1 Peter 1:18–21, ESV)
- The Lamb is to be Worshipped
“Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.” (Revelation 5:11–14, ESV)
- Our name must be found in the Lamb’s Book of Life
“And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:15, ESV)
“But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” (Revelation 21:27, ESV)
Entrusting Ourselves To The Lamb of God:
- Frees us from both the Penalty and Power of sin
- Gives us both Humility and Confidence
Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come! I come!
Questions for Reflection:
- How have you responded to God’s call to turn from your sin and trust in the perfect provision of Jesus Christ on your behalf?
- Do you tend more toward shame/guilt or arrogance/pride in your relationship with God? How can focusing on the Lamb Of God set you free?
- How will you regularly praise and worship God through Christ Jesus for His perfection of love and justice?
- What is the next step of obedience that God is calling you to take right now?
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