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Lamb of God, Son of God!

Scripture reading for April 5th:  John 1, Psalm 69, Proverbs 7

Key Scriptures: John 1:29, 32-34 “The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world! . . . .And John bore witness:  “I saw the Spirit descend from  heaven like a dove and it remained on Him.  I myself did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on Whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.””

When Jesus appeared where His cousin John the Baptist was baptizing, John made a faith declaration concerning Jesus.  John plainly stated that Jesus was the “Lamb of God” who takes away the sins of the world.  He also stated that He would be the One who would baptize with the Holy Spirit and Jesus was the “Son of God.”  John stated that the Father who had sent him had revealed this to him.

Faith confession:  Jesus is the Lamb of God, Son of God, who gave His body and life blood to obtain my forgiveness and allow me to receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit.  I hold fast to these truths forever!

Proverbs 7:1-3 “My son, keep My words and treasure up My commandments with you; keep My commandments and live; keep My teaching as the apple of your eye; bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.”  

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A Lamb for the sins of a lost world!

Scripture reading for May 1st: John 1:29-51

“The next day John (the Baptist) saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the One I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because He was before me.'” (John 1:29-30)    John the Baptist came calling all people to repent and be baptized in the Jordan river.  He had told them that One was coming after him whose sandals he was not worthy to untie.  This One would surpass him, and would baptize people with the Holy Spirit.  (John 1:26, 33)  He also told the people plainly that Jesus was the Son of God! Speaking prophetically, John announced that  Jesus was the Lamb of God who would take away the sins of the whole world!

This story of the lamb is richly embedded in the history of Israel.  When Abraham and Isaac went up Mt. Moriah to offer Isaac as a sacrifice,  Abraham had told his son that the Lord would provide a sacrifice.  (Genesis 22:8)  As Abraham lifted the knife to slay his son, God stopped him and provided a ram in place of the boy!  (Genesis 22:10-13)

On the night of the Passover in Egypt, Moses was instructed each family take a lamb without spot or blemish and slay that lamb, catching the blood.  With hyssop, the head of each house was to apply the blood to the doorposts and lentils of the house to keep the death angel from taking the firstborn.  (Exodus 12:3-12)  They were to eat the lamb  roasted in fire and with bitter herbs and unleavened bread, ready to travel out of Egypt.  This lamb would sustain them and there would be no feeble or sick among them.  The lamb would atone for a family!

Once a year, the High Priest, would take a goat and sacrifice it, taking the blood and sprinkling it on the atonement cover inside the Holy of Holies.  This was to take place on the Day of Atonement.  This goat died to cover the sins and rebellion of the whole nation of Israel.  (Leviticus 16:15-17, 34)

Jesus Christ came as the Lamb of God taking away the sins of the whole world!  He was the final sacrifice, His blood being offered in Heaven to cover the sins of each person who would repent and believe!  (Hebrews 9:6-14) Hallelujah!

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The Lamb of God

Scripture reading for May 1st: John 1:29-51

“The next day John (the Baptist) saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the One I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because He was before me.’ (John 1:29-30)    John the Baptist came calling all people to repent and be baptized in the Jordan river.  He had told them that One was coming after him whose sandals he was not worthy to untie.  This One would surpass him, and would baptize people with the Holy Spirit.  (John 1:26, 33)  He also told the people plainly that Jesus was the Son of God! Speaking prophetically, John announced that  Jesus was the Lamb of God who would take away the sins of the whole world!

This story of the lamb is richly embedded in the history of Israel.  When Abraham and Isaac went up Mt. Moriah to offer Isaac as a sacrifice,  Abraham had told his son that the Lord would provide a sacrifice.  (Genesis 22:8)  As Abraham lifted the knife to slay his son, God stopped him and provided a ram in place of the boy!  (Genesis 22:10-13)

On the night of the Passover in Egypt, Moses was instructed to have each family take a lamb without spot or blemish and slay that lamb, catching the blood.  With hyssop, the head of each house was to apply the blood to the doorposts and lentils of the house to keep the death angel from taking the firstborn.  (Exodus 12:3-12)  They were to eat the lamb  roasted in fire and with bitter herbs and unleavened bread, ready to travel out of Egypt.  This lamb would sustain them and there would be no feeble or sick among them.  The lamb would atone for a family!

Once a year, the High Priest, would take a goat and sacrifice it, taking the blood and sprinkling it on the atonement cover inside the Holy of Holies.  This was to take place on the Day of Atonement.  This goat died to cover the sins and rebellion of the whole nation of Israel.  (Leviticus 16:15-17, 34)

Jesus Christ came as the Lamb of God taking away the sins of the whole world!  He was the final sacrifice, His blood being offered in Heaven to cover the sins of each person who would repent and believe!  (Hebrews 9:6-14) Hallelujah!

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The Just and True Judge!

Scripture reading for December 29th: Revelation 14-16

As this revelation of Jesus Christ continues, the theme of judgment flows through the vision.  John sees the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion and 144,000 redeemed from the tribes of Israel.  They were those who had kept themselves pure and followed the Lamb. (Revelation 14:1-4)  This company was praising the Lamb with a new song that only they could learn.  They were blameless and no lie was in their mouth.

As John continued to look, he saw another angel flying in mid-heaven proclaiming an eternal gospel to those on the earth.  “He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come.  Worship Him who made the heavens, the earth the sea and the springs of water.”” (Revelation 14:7)

“A second angel followed and said in  aloud voice: “Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great, which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries.”” (Revelation 14:8-9) A third angel warns of the wrath of God against those who have the mark of the beast.  They will have no rest and the smoke of their torment will rise forever!  This series of angelic messengers warns the people on earth of God’s coming judgments.  God does nothing by judgment unless He warns His people by the prophets. (Amos 3:6-7)  Here an angel warns all the people still on earth of what is to come.  God would rather each person repent than that they experience His wrath!

“Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write:  Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.”  Yes”, says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor and their deeds will follow them.” (Revelation 14:13)

“Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed.” (Revelation 16:15)

These are two of the seven “blessed” statements found in Revelation.  Those who read and heed this book are promised a blessing!  (Revelation 1:3)  God also encourages those who trust in Him and gives them instructions and encouragement to help them in the warfare and patience needed in the trying times of the last days.  Death for the believer brings rest from the warfare and rewards for standing true to the Lord!  He will come like a thief for those not ready!  His people will be awake, aware, and prepared by the blood of Jesus! They will be pure by faith and living by faith in obedience to the Lord!

These chapters end with the bowls of wrath poured out on the earth in terrible judgments.  Those on earth are terrified, but curse the God of heaven and refuse to repent and worship Him!  (Revelation 16:9, 11, 21)  Even though warned that these judgments were from God, they cursed Him!  Sin takes us farther away from God, blinds us to the only way out and ends in terrible judgment!  We would do well to pay heed!  His judgments are just and true!

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