“And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering…And Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.” Gen. 22:8, 13b.)
“…God will provide himself a lamb…Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, SACRIFICE AND OFFERING THOU WOULDEST NOT, BUT A BODY HAST THOU PREPARED ME… Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire…Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea thy law is with in my heart… Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Heb. 10:5; Ps. 40:6a,7-8;referenced in Hebrews 10:6,7; Heb. 10:9,10).
Notice first, God, himself in the person of His Son Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Our scriptures in “The Lamb’s Blessing” yesterday laid out several gifts of God’s goodness toward those who will repent and receive the blessing of the Lamb. To refresh your memory you might want to revisit that blog. The following are blessings I saw.
- Purged from sin
- Forgiven of sin
- Perfected forever as the sanctified
- Redeemed through the payment of the covenant price
- His law is written in our hearts, written on our minds
- Freed from the penalty of sin (sins are remembered no more)
- No work left to do…only believe
We see the blessings continued in the second phrase of our introductory scripture and the price that brings them to us:
“…Abraham…took the ram…offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son…But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for out iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him: and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray: we have turned everyone to his own way; For the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all… For he hath made him to be sin for us who knew no sin: that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”( Isa. 53:5,6; 2Cor. 5:21)
“Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him… I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair; I hid not my face from shame and spitting.” (John 19:1; Isa. 50:6).
“Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus and led him away…Where they crucified him… I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax: it is melted in the midst of my bowels. My strength is dried up like a postsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death…Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel. For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard…And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit…” (John 19:16,18; Ps. 22:14,15,23,24; Luke23:46).
“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree. That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith… We see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour, that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” (Gal. 3:13,14; Heb. 2:9.)
“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost…Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. ” (John 19:30; 1:29).
I’m praying we each take time to reflect on the blessings of the Lamb and know them personally.
Writing Exercise: I find writing cements what I read in my mind and helps to plant the words in my heart. So today, for those who are willing, take a moment to write the story of the Lamb of God in a flash short story, normally called flash fiction but this isn’t fiction. (can be as little as 6 words or as many as 250). Feel free to share your work. And may the blessings of the Lamb be yours.