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Why is Jesus called the Lamb of God?

When seeing Jesus for the first time, John the Baptist said: “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).  Thirty-one times in the book of Revelation the word Lamb is used. In 1 Peter 1:18-19, we are told we have been redeemed with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.  

Did you see that?  Precious blood.  Precious blood as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.  Oh my, these are the most beautiful truths. 

Here are a few tips that will make the below truths from God’s Word jump off the page and #wow your heart: 

Ask God to give you understanding as you read and as you read

(1) circle every reference to blood

(2) put a square around every reference to lamb

(3) underline every reference to Passover.  

After you read each passage, looked back at the words you marked (they should jump out at you) and

(4) make a quick and simple list of what you learned about bloodlamb, and Passover.  

I promise you will be left in awe and wonder. 

  • Romans 6:23 (The word death implies both physical death and exclusion from the presence and favor of God in consequence of sin and disobedience but never as extinction.)
  • Romans 5:6-10 (Justification means declared right with God.  Reconciled means to change from enmity to friendship.)
  • Leviticus 17:11
  • Leviticus 5:5-9
  • Exodus 11:4-7
  • Exodus 12:1-27
  • John 13:1-2(a)
  • John 18:37-40
  • John 19 (In verse 30, “it is finished” can also be translated “paid in full”.  In those days when a debt had been paid in full, the word “tetelestai" was stamped or written across the certificate of debt and nailed where all could see.  The last words spoken by Jesus were - I have paid your sin debt in full – it is finished!)
  • Ephesians 1:7
  • 1 Peter 1:18-19
  • John 1:29 (“Takes away” means to take up, carry away, or remove by carrying away.  To take away sin means to take away the imputation or punishment.)
  • Revelation 5:12

“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.” Revelation 5:12


Tribute to Bob

This is my dear brother in law Bob. It's hard to believe that this picture was taken almost one year ago (May 21, 2011).

Next week, we will be meeting my sister and the kids, grandkids and extended family to celebrate Bob's life. You see, he died on November 15, 2011 of complications from ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease).  Because we shared some wonderful family vacations together in Hilton Head, SC, it seems a fitting place to gather, be with each other, remember and fulfill his desire to have his ashes scattered at sea.

Bob was a gift!  He was one of those project guys and it seemed there wasn't a project that he wouldn't tackle!  But, he was a family man too. He had such a servant's heart.  If you had a problem, you went to Bob and he was always there with some kind of solution.

As I've already mentioned, we were blessed to have many, many wonderful family events and vacations together and each one was filled with fun, laughter and delight in being together. Precious memories.  Bob was special and I miss him.  But, you know what impressed me the most about Bob?  The way he finished his life. He finished well.  I'm not saying he didn't struggle.  Sure, it was hard for a man who loved projects to no longer be able to do anything.  For someone who loved to spend time with family, it was really hard when he got to where he could no longer talk or eat.  But he never lost his smile and he expressed his love for the family in notes, nods, the plans he made and the desires he shared while he still could talk.

Yes, I am most impressed with the way Bob handled dying. He was never afraid or bitter. He had great peace and faith in God because of his relationship with Jesus Christ. You hear a lot of people talk about what they believe but Bob's total peace with dying was real.  His confidence in "absent from the body, and at home with the Lord" could not be faked, missed or dismissed. He wasn't eager about leaving his family, but he was ready for eternity.  Oh, what a legacy of faith Bob left.

During the trip when this picture was taken, I remember sitting with Bob at the table. He could no longer eat but he was doing his best to eat a cookie.  (Chips, cheese and cookies were Bob's foods of choice.)  He shared with me how much he wanted each member of his family to know Jesus the way he knew Jesus.  That really was his dying desire. What a precious gift he left us.... his faith which God's says is "more precious than gold".  When I read the below verse, I will always, always think of Bob.  Thank you Bob for many things but most of all for your legacy of faith.

"In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls." - 1 Peter 1:6-9


Well, I do declare!

As I gather my thoughts, it's Palm Sunday, and I've been intentionally thinking on Jesus and what I believe.  So, what do I believe?

· The penalty of sin - which must be paid - is death
· I am a sinner worthy of death
· The penalty for sin was paid by Christ
· He died for my sins, was buried and raised on the third day
· Salvation is a free gift from God (saved by grace not works)
· I must believe in my heart and accept Jesus as my Savior and Lord
· Believing in my heart means my actions, my changed life lines up with my confession of faith or words
· I have eternal life, I am sealed in the Holy Spirit and all my sins forgiven

Just typing these truths causes my heart to start singing... "Jesus paid it all - all to Him I owe.  Sin had left a crimson stain, I'm washed as white as snow." My heart swells with gratitude and as I slow down long enough to savor these truths and remember...God made Jesus who knew no sin to be sin on my behalf, so that I might become the righteousness of God in Jesus (2 Cor. 5:21). Wow.

Well, I do declare!  Jesus is Savior and Lord.  He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. What do you declare?

(John 1:123:16Romans 3:103:23-245:85:126:2310:8-131 Corinthians 15:1-8Ephesians 1:13-142:8-9Hebrews 9:22James 4:171 Peter 2:243:181 John 5:11-12


The Gospel!


Jesus Messiah - Name above all names...