THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

Program Air Date - 3-13-05

LESSON TITLE: "WHO IS JESUS? JESUS IS THE LAMB OF GOD"

WELCOME

Thank you for joining us this morning, let me welcome you to the program. The Living Word is a work of our Lord, dedicated to doing God's Will in His Way! As always, it will be our privilege today to sing songs of praise and to study from His Word. In these acts of worship, may we all be encouraged, but ultimately may we each praise God according to the sacrifices to offer toward His Throne. It will also be our honor this morning to speak with God through prayer. Will you bow with me as we talk to our creator?

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I hope you're ready to praise God through song at this time. Our first song this morning reminds us of the many blessings which God has provided for those who obey Him. So, won't you join in with the congregation at this time as we sing together this encouraging song, it's name "Is It For Me, Dear Savior."

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DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

If you're like me, you have had a few spankings in your life time. It may be hard to believe, but I was not always the perfect child and every once in a while I had to be reminded that some things are just not acceptable. With this in mind, think for a moment about what Job said in chapter 5, and verse 17 of his book! There we read, "Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects; Therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty." The reality is, we all need to be corrected or disciplined from time to time. Why? Because none of us are perfect and we all have room for learning and growth. So what better place to receive correction and discipline, than from God almighty Himself. The only one who knows all things and is perfect, so that He may always correct us in the right way and discipline us as we need.

In the New Testament we find similar ideas presented. One such passage is found in Hebrews 12:5-8. There we read, "And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: 'My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the LORD loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.' If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons." These verses tell us that if we are truly loved, and if we are truly sons of God we will receive discipline from Him. And why should this confuse us, do not our earthly fathers also discipline us because they love us and want to make us better? Brethren not only do we need to be corrected from time to time, but I am thankful to God that He loves me enough to even see a need to correct or discipline me. We all must realize that it would be much worse for us all if God didn't care enough to discipline and correct us. Because, only a true and loving father cares enough to correct one whom He loves.

So let me ask, "how are you responding to the discipline of God?" Do you get mad or upset with your creator. Do you ignore His love, help and respect? Choose today to be happy in the correction you receive from God, because just as we read earlier, "blessed is the man who God corrects!"

In just a few minutes, it will be time to begin our main study of the day. As far as our topic, we will be continuing our series entitled, "Who Is Jesus?" Our specific lessons of the day, "Jesus Is The Lamb Of God!" So please stay with us this morning and after our next song together, I will lead us in the main thoughts of the day. Now it's time to join in our second song, the name of this hymn, "Just Over In The Glory Land."

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LESSON

Speaker: Ray Sullins

In our text of John chapter 1 beginning in verse 29, the Bible says, "The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, Behold, the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. This is He of whom I said, after me comes a man who is preferred before me and He was before me. I did not know Him but that He should be revealed to Israel. Therefore, I came baptizing with water. And John bore witness saying, I saw the Spirit descending from Heaven like a dove and He remained upon Him. I did not know Him but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, Upon whom you see the Spirit descend and remain on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit. And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God." Verse 35, "And again the next day, John stood with two of his disciples and looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, Behold the Lamb of God."

Our talk this morning continues to look at who was Jesus and you might notice here in verse 29 as well as in verse 36 the clear descriptive term that we will discuss this day, "the lamb of God." We've seen so many beautiful pictures of who Christ is and really have been able I hope to have a deeper understanding in the love and appreciation for Jesus Christ by looking at all the different ideas and titles and descriptive terms that were placed to His name, and really how they help us to not only know who He is but what He was all about and why it is that man chose to respond to Him and to obey Him and thus to follow Him. If you'll notice with me to understand this concept of the day, "the Lamb of God," it clearly identifies that once again the Lamb is the Son of God. As we also read there in verse 34, it was John that testified that God Almighty, the Father Himself had said, "the whom the Spirit descends on and remains, it is He who is the Son of God and it is He that John thus proclaimed as the Lamb of God," God's own lamb, God's own son, the only begotten of the Father as we even read back in verse 18 of the same text.

To understand the concept of Jesus, "the Lamb of God," I think it is best that we really begin in the start of all things going back really to almost the beginning of the world when God had first created man. We even find there with Adam and Eve that their sons made sacrifices of animals, most likely again the animal there that is being offered often was a lamb, a lamb of sacrifice unto God. But I want you to notice the first clear reference that we have in Genesis chapter 22 where we have the story of the great man, the Patriarch, Abraham and how that Abraham made a sacrifice just like the sacrifices of old, just like the sacrifices Noah had made when he came off the ark, just as the sacrifice, it seems, that as well that the son there of Adam had made. But as we look there in Genesis chapter 22, we remember that it was the time God had spoke to him and said, "Go to a mountain that I will show you and he traveled to this place and I want you to sacrifice..." Who? "...your own son, your only begotten son, the unique son, the son that I gave you to promise and to fulfill the promise so that you might have nations that really are innumerable, more than the stars in the heavens or the sand on the seashore." So we see here that he was willing to do it and that when they went there to that place, we find in the text, there again in the book of Genesis 22, that clearly in verse 7 it was Isaac who spoke to Abraham, his father, and he said, "My father, and he said, Here am I, my son. Then he said, Look the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?" He goes on in verse 8 and Abraham says, "My son, God will provide the lamb for the burnt offering." For the two went then on to worship God and they prepared, they made the altar and everything, and still the wonder was, where's the lamb? You see the lamb of God, a lamb of God, an animal that Abraham was taking here to sacrifice. Even Isaac, his own son, this boy understood that it was generally the case that a lamb of sacrifice be given to again the great wonder and the praise of God Almighty in heaven.

If you'll turn over also to the book of Exodus near the beginning, Exodus chapter 12, we see here that Israel again is being dealt with very, very clearly in relationship to those things that were taking place in Egypt. In fact, God had, as we well know, had 9 plagues that He really put on the Egyptians so that they might know that He was Lord, so that they might know that He was God. There in Exodus chapter 12, we begin to read there in verse 3 that there was something that was to be done as the Passover lamb. In other words, there was something that Israel had to do in order that they would not have their firstborn killed along with the Egyptians. So in chapter 12 beginning there in verse 3, we see that they were commanded by God Almighty Himself, verse 3, "Speak to all the congregation of Israel saying, On the tenth of the month, every man shall take himself a lamb according to the house of their father, a lamb of the household, and if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbor who is next to him, in the house next to him, take in accord the number of persons and according to the need shall there be a count for the lamb." Verse 5, "Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year and you may take it from the sheep or from the goats." Here we have the idea of the lamb and what kind? The Passover lamb. We well know the story as it continues that they were to kill the lamb. They were to take the blood from the lamb and they were to put the blood where? On the door sides, the part above the door and that was a sign to God of their obedience that when He passed over Egypt that He would not stop at their dwellings and would pass over in order that He would not kill their firstborn. The Passover lamb. It was from that day on that the Passover feast was centered around a Passover lamb, a lamb of God.

Not only there but we continue on in the book of Leviticus and we see the offerings as they begin to be clarified. In other words, those great offerings and at times even later the feast that God really required Israel to continue in. In these offerings, it is interesting again that a lamb was a part and a significant part of so many of these especially that were required of all of the people on a collective basis. In chapter 3 of Leviticus, you might notice there beginning in verse 1 that it is talking about there the peace offering, but if you'll drop down in chapter 3 to verse 7, the peace offering, it says that "one can offer a lamb as his offering and he shall offer it before the Lord, shall kill it..." it goes on to say in verses 8 and 9, "he shall take the blood and sprinkle the blood on the altar." There again the lamb of God, the lamb of sacrifice, the offering and on and on and on we could go, not only through here, but throughout the Old Testament to understand that Israel was required to make sacrifice of the lamb, the lambs of God, those lambs that were there sacrificed in order that God could not only see their obedience, but that God might be able to clearly know that they were willing to do whatever He commanded to see that their sins be forgiven or as well that they offer a peace offering or an offering of thanksgiving before His name.

The next thing that we want to look at is over in the book of Isaiah in Isaiah 53 because it is here that we continue so much later that Israel is still required to do the same thing. But here Isaiah begins to talk about something that is going to happen, something that will take place. He talks about one here that will be rooted up. He talks about one there in verse 3 that will be despised and rejected, one that will be hated, one that will face many sorrows in verse 4, one who will in verse 5 be wounded for our transgressions, one who will be bruised for our iniquities, one who will have the chastisement so that we might be a peaceful nation. Then there in verse 6, he says, "All we like sheep have gone astray and have turned everyone to his own way and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all." You can go on and read further throughout Isaiah 53 and on and on again he talks about this lamb, this lamb that is coming, a lamb that will be placed before God Almighty, the Father, and a lamb that would be given as a sacrifice for all men bearing all the sins and all the transgressions. In fact, verse 12, the last verse, tells us that "it is that lamb that will bear all the sins," and the final statement, "and make intercession for our transgressions."

Now why do I mention here in Isaiah? Because it is interesting the fact that when we go over to the book of Acts that this is the exact place that the Eunuch, the Ethiopian Eunuch, the treasurer from Ethiopia of the Queen, this is the exact place that he was reading as he rode along in his chariot. You might recall there in Acts chapter 8 that the scripture he was reading in Isaiah said thus, verse 32, "He was led as a sheep to the slaughter and as a lamb before the sheerer is silent, so He opened not His mouth," verse 33, "and in His humiliation, His justice was taken away and who will declare His generation for His life is taken from the earth." A lamb, a lamb that would be destroyed. Who in the world is being spoken of? Well Philip here asked the Eunuch, he said, "How can you understand these things?" And the man said, "How can I understand except someone shows me?" Here, verse 35, "and Philip opened his mouth and he began at this scripture and he preached Jesus to him." Who was the lamb, the lamb that was going to do all that Isaiah spoke of, the lamb here that the Eunuch said, "Wow, I want to know what kind of a lamb this is, a lamb that has such power, a lamb that has such blood that can cleanse all men of all sins." He said that, "it is possible and that lamb is Jesus, Jesus Christ."

Praise be to God that we're able to here that truly it was Jesus being preached from the passage about the lamb who would be not only wounded and slaughtered and killed for our sake, but the lamb that we well know in the New Testament that rose again on the third day, the lamb that was able to now find Himself justified and anew before us so that we might see that through His acts, that is again the cross, the death, the burial, the resurrection that you and I might have the forgiveness of sins by the very same blood as we have clarified there in John, rather Revelations that was written by John, in Revelation chapter 1 and verse 5.

You see it is this Jesus that became the sacrificial lamb. It is this Christ that was being spoken of there in our main text of the day to be understood as a lamb that was worthy and only worthy without blemish.

I know the Hebrew writer spends a lot of time talking about the great sacrifice and how that if the blood of bulls and goats there especially in chapter 9 of Hebrews, but also in 8 and even chapter 10 deals with it some, but if the blood of bulls and goats was able to move forward the sins each year of a man, how much greater the blood of Jesus, the lamb of God.

But notice how Peter puts it in 1 Peter chapter 1 and there in verse 19, so eloquently he places the concept of Jesus, His blood as the lamb. In the verse together it reads, "But with the precious blood of Christ as a lamb without blemish and without spot, he indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these times for you." It is God, God the Father," he goes on to say, "that raised Him from the dead, that made Him this lamb that even before the world began shows that Jesus would become the sacrificial lamb," and I love the way it is put there, "without spot and blemish."

You and I know that Jesus was God in the flesh as we've studying. We know that He was perfect, that He was God in the flesh, and therefore, in all things He never was sinful or was there sin found in His mouth or anything that was off-colored or wicked or ugly and so in the fact that He was willing to become sin for all of us and become that sacrificial lamb, only His blood was powerful enough as God in the flesh, only His blood was perfect enough to give us a complete and an utter forgiveness from all the wickedness in our lives, not only the wickedness that we have created or really been a part of or been a party to or really the wickedness that I today maybe have done against my God, but the wickedness even that I will do. Jesus' blood is the only blood great enough to forgive us in such a way.

Paul said the same thing in 2 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians chapter 5 if you'll notice with me there beginning in verse 20, "Now then we are ambassadors for Christ as though God were pleading through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God." But hear verse 21, "For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." The righteousness of God in Him. He allowed Christ who knew no sin, who had never sinned to become sin for what? For us.

Think back to the Old Testament. The sacrificial lamb, the goat at times that was taken and how they would literally place their hands on the scapegoat and then how they would send the scapegoat out in the wilderness in order that it might wander and carry the sins away. Well Jesus became that lamb, and in a sense we put our hands on Him and He has carried as well our sins where? To the cross. And when He shed the blood, He gave us the first opportunity and all men of all ages the first opportunity to have a forgiveness of those sins and to be found justified in His sight.

So therefore, in verse 29 of our text in John 1 when we read that "John saw Jesus coming and he said, Behold the lamb of God." When he was with his disciples in verse 35 and there in verse 36 he said, "Jesus, the lamb of God." Consider the great and the powerful meaning that here he was trying to give to Christ, the great evidences that again are given to us that really help us to see and really help us to be clarified in our minds that surely not only is our Jesus God, not only is He Lord, but He is that lamb that was able to shed His own blood, to wash away our sins unto eternal life.

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CLOSING COMMENTS

Let me thank you again for choosing to be with us today, in this offering to God. I know our time together has been an encouragement and blessing to all of us. We invite you back every Sunday morning at 7:30, as we commit ourselves to this service of God!

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What a beautiful picture we have of Christ, as the Lamb of God. May we never forget just how far our savior was willing to go to present us without "spot and blemish" before God the Father!

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