1) BEHOLD, the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world
2) BEHOLD, the Lamb of God!
This was the first and most sublime gospel sermon ever preached: “Behold……” This magnificent proclamation, is the model for all teachers and ministries. “Behold……” This final forerunner of the Messiah pointed to the Lord Jesus and cried, “Behold……”
The greatest prophet born of woman declared his unworthiness before the Lord: “I am not worthy to unloose His shoe. He Who comes after me is preferred before me”. John 1:27 This same humility of spirit marked John’s entire earthly ministry, for it was John who said, He must increase, and I must decrease. John 3:30. This humbleness of heart is what is sorely needed today, in each of our lives, Like John we should, in humility of heart, cry, “I am nothing and He is everything.”
John was just a Voice:- a voice that announced the coming of the King. John was not the Light:- but a light-bearer, witnessing of the true Light. Throngs followed this charismatic character, who dressed in camel’s hair. Masses crowded this alluring man who ate locusts and wild honey and cried ”Repent!” But this man who was filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.. pointed to Christ throughout his earthly ministry: “Behold, the Lamb of God“
This is what Christian preachers, teachers, and ministries should do today. They should preach Christ and teach Christ and point to Christ and proclaim Christ. They should cry out as did John the Baptiser: “Behold, the Lamb of God!” But note... this prophet of old, in these simple words, told of Christ’s TWO appearances! First: Behold the Lamb of God Who taketh away the sin of the world. Worthy is the Lamb who was slain for our sins. Then simply: Behold the Lamb of God! – The Lamb Who sits upon the throne, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb!”
The Lamb first came in great humility of Spirit as the ultimate Sacrifice. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth. Isaiah 53:7 And the Lamb is coming again in power and majesty, great glory and victory.. and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with Him are called and chosen and faithful. Rev.17:14
Each lonely, prophet’s voice in the wilderness pointed to Jesus, the Lamb of God. Each inspired, prophetic utterance points to Jesus in history: and Jesus of the future. But Jesus in not only the Alpha and the Omega.. Jesus inhabits all time and eternity, and as a blood-bought believer His Spirit indwells you and He indwells me.
As we look forward to that wonderful day when He comes to take us home.. as we listen for the last trump, knowing that He is at the very door.. never let us forget the precious gift of life the slaughtered Lamb of God gave for us. But never let us forget that this same Lamb of God is also the Lion of the tribe of Judah, for He is the Lion Who will roar and He is the Lamb Who will judge.
Today we wait in this sin-sick, dying world, where evil is being filled up to its fullness. We watch men’s heart’s failing and see our own world crumbling before our eyes.. and as we see the forward march of evil infecting every sphere of this earthly life. Never let us forget that The Lamb of God is the Judge and at the door of humanity.
Our citizenship is secure in heaven, but let us remember that we are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1Cor.6:20. Our citizenship is indeed secured in heaven through the blood of the Lamb, but we remain here on earth for a reason..
We are to stand as a witness, to bear witness of the Light. We are to proclaim the Word Who was made flesh, and dwelt among us. We are to point to Jesus the Saviour, Who was full of grace and truth. We are to act as watchmen warning a sin-sick world that the Lamb will soon return. We must be willing to decrease – so that He may increase in our lives. We must confess that He is everything – and I am nothing.
We are to be His voice crying in the wilderness: BEHOLD : The Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world, Prepare ye the way of the Lord. BEHOLD the Lamb of God.
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