We are bombarded with messages. We find them in the mail, on our computer, our phones alert us with annoying ring tones. And the news we hear on television and social media…we won’t even go there. At best we can only believe about half(high estimate) of what we hear. The worst messages come in the darkness of night when we’ve left the world behind for restful sleep. Those bring a sudden jolt to our heart. For we know it can be only 1 of 2 things, a wrong number or bad news.
The best messages are those spoken face to face. Not that the news is always good, but in person lends a personal touch. In the days of the Old Testament, the Lord God spoke His message through the prophets. Malachi was the last prophet to speak God’s message until He sent the ones who would fulfill Malachi’s prophecy.
“Behold, I will send my messenger,
and he shall prepare the way before me:
and the Lord, whom ye seek,
shall suddenly come to his temple,
even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in:
behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.”
Some 400 years after Malachi penned these words of the Lord, another prophet appeared.
But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son,
and thou shalt call his name John…And thou, child,
shalt be called the prophet of the Highest:
for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
To give knowledge of salvation unto his people
by the remission of their sins…”
John the baptizer had one purpose in life:
- “The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light,
- that all men through him might believe.
- He was not that Light,
- but was sent to bear witness of that Light.” John 1:7-8
John pointed to the Light, as he preached along the Jordan River and baptized those confessing their sins. Then one day he saw, the one Malachi called, “the messenger of the covenant,” the messenger who is the Lamb.
“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith,
Behold the Lamb of God,
which taketh away the sin of the world…
And I saw, and bare record
that this is the Son of God.”
There before John stood not only the messenger but the message of the covenant. He is the Lamb of God promised to Abraham. The Lamb who would come from the seed of Abraham’s son, Isaac, as one raised from the dead and would bless all nations.
Walking to the mount of sacrifice, Isaac asked his father,
“Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said,
My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering:
so they went both of them together…” Genesis 22: 7-8
“By faith Abraham, when he was tried,
offered up Isaac:
and he that had received the promises
offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said,
That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
Accounting that God was able to raise him up,
even from the dead;
from whence also he received him in a figure.”
“And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns:
and Abraham…offered him up for a burnt offering
in the stead of his son.
And Abraham called the name of the place
as it is said to this day,
In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.”
Then the Lord reiterated the covenant.
“That in blessing I will bless thee,
and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed
as the stars of heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore;
and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed…”
Over 400 years after Abraham, Moses relayed God’s message to Israel in Egypt as they prepared for the first Passover. They needed a lamb.
- “Your lamb shall be without blemish…
- take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts…of the houses…
- For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt…
- And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where you are:
- and when I see the blood, I will pass over you,
- and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you…
- It is the sacrifice of the LORD’S Passover.”(Taken from Exodus 12)
Jesus is God’s own Lamb. He is God’s sacrifice for our sin. His blood bought our life, our salvation. This is God’s message to us living in, “these last times”.
“Forasmuch as ye know
that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things,
as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your father;
But with the precious blood of Christ,
as of a lamb without blemish and without spot;
Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world,
but was manifest in these last times for you,
who by him do believe in God,
that raised him up from the dead,
and gave him glory;
that your faith and hope might be in God.”
1 Peter 1:18-21
God’s mercy, His justice, and His love live in the message of His Lamb.
“God…hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son…
Who…when he had by himself purged our sins,
sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;”
The Lamb’s message:
“For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish,
but have everlasting life.”
John 3: 16.
Have you heard the message of the Lamb? How has it changed your life?