Lamb #4 – Just As You Are
Debbie Kerr | Office Administrator
“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 53:7
Jesus has many titles in Scripture, one very symbolic being the Lamb of God. In John 1:29 we find, “John the Baptist introduced Jesus to the multitudes saying: ‘Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!’” This was a very important reference to the Jewish people. John was letting them know their long awaited Messiah was here. Only, He did not look or act like a King ruling with an iron fist; He came as humble, gentle lamb, a servant, the Savior of the world.
Why a lamb? In Exodus 12, God instructed Moses and Aaron to tell the Jewish people to sacrifice a lamb without spot or blemish and put the blood of the lamb on the doorposts of their homes. Then when He came in judgment over the people, He would pass over the homes with blood on the doorposts and spare their household from death. The blood of the lamb was the sacrifice. God told them this custom will live on for generations and is still being observed today in Jewish tradition as Passover. What John the Baptist was telling the people of Israel was that the ultimate lamb, the Lamb of God was here walking this earth shoulder to shoulder with us to be the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. No longer would the blood of an animal be required. The payment for our sins would be covered once and for all. What good news! We cannot gain access into Heaven apart from this blood sacrifice. Many religions teach that our good works will gain us a place in heaven for eternity but the Bible clearly states in Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Romans 3:10 adds, “None is righteous, no, not one!”
The Bible says in the book of Revelation that right now around the throne of God, with Jesus the Lamb sitting at His right hand, the angels are proclaiming His holiness and righteousness. Revelation 5:12-13 says, “’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!’”
I pray you have received this free gift of salvation and eternal life by putting your faith and trust in the Lamb of God. You can do it right now, just as you are!