Bible Ballistics: BBs #306 Messages From Heaven??? #2
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1
As we continue to look at the “messages from heaven” which we find in the Gospel of John, we will consider another name of Jesus in chapter one of John. We talked last time about the significance of “The Word” and its clear reference to the deity, and creative nature of Jesus as the Son of God. It is imperative that we recognize that Jesus IS God! Without that acknowledgment we will never understand the Good News of the Gospel, nor the unparalleled love of God for mankind. Jesus, as God, laid aside His glory and the complete display of His power to take on human flesh. He confined Himself to a body of flesh for some 33 years and walked among us to reveal the Father to us, and to be the sacrifice for our sin. And that is what I’d like us to look at today.
While these two names of Jesus (The Word and The Lamb of God) are not technically part of the “I Am”s that John records in his Gospel, they do lay the foundation for our recognition of not only “who” Jesus was/is, but also what He came to do, be the perfect sacrifice, which He alone could accomplish– the sacrifice required by God for the salvation/redemption of mankind, the world (See John 3:16).
Jesus wasn’t’ an after-thought to deal with the sin of man, rather God had planned salvation before the creation of man, to provide for our failure. That thought, as much as anything I know about God, has amazed me beyond measure—that God would create us knowing that we would fail Him and choose to sin, and yet He not only creates us, regardless of that knowledge, but He already provided for our salvation before the “beginning”—He loved us that much! He loves YOU that much!
“Forasmuch as ye know
that ye were not redeemed
with corruptible things,
from your vain conversation
received by tradition
from your fathers;
19 But with the precious blood of Christ,
as of a lamb without blemish
and without spot:
20 Who verily was foreordained
before the foundation of the world,
but was manifest
in these last times
21 Who by him
do believe in God,
that raised him up from the dead,
and gave him glory;
that your faith
might be in God.” 1 Peter 1:18-21
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:” Ephesians 1:3-4
I am so grateful that God loved us that much—that He wanted to have a relationship with us knowing that the price for that relationship would be His Only Begotten Son! Yet He created us anyway, and saves and delivers those who will come to Him in repentance and faith: repentance from our sin, and faith in the sinless Savior and His death, burial and resurrection for man’s sin.
I declare unto you the gospel
which I preached unto you,
which also ye have received,
and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved,
if ye keep in memory
what I preached unto you,
unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you
first of all
that which I also received,
how that Christ died for our sins
according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried,
and that he rose again the third day
according to the scriptures:
5 And that he was seen of Cephas,
then of the twelve:” 1 Corinthians 15:1-5
And praise God He came for me, and for you!!! And that is what John the Baptizer declared before the world as Jesus began His public ministry– This “Lamb” which had been promised.
“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith,
Behold the Lamb of God,
which taketh away the sin of the world.
30 This is he of whom I said,
After me cometh a man
which is preferred before me:
for he was before me.” John 1:29-30
The “Lamb of God”, the one whom God had promised would come and resolve the “sin” problem: But why a Lamb? Because only the sacrifice of a perfect, spotless offering could pay for the sin of man, and Jesus was that spotless, sinless “Lamb of God” who “taketh away the sin of the world”! Because “….. without shedding of blood is no remission.” (See Hebrews 9:22) Jesus took away sin with His own life’s blood on Calvary, all for you and me. He had no sin but He gave His sinless life for my sinFUL one! This Lamb from heaven—who was before John because He IS God! John was about 6 months older than Jesus so he wasn’t referring to their physical age, but to the deity of Jesus and His eternal existence—the ONE who come in flesh and blood to DIE for you and me!!!
“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.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
What will you do with the Lamb of God? Will you reject His sacrifice for you or will you bow before Him and let Him make you a new creature. The choice is yours, and the message is for all—“he shall save his people from their sins”! Will you be one of “his people”? He came for you.
“But ye believe not,
because ye are not of my sheep,
as I said unto you.
27 My sheep hear my voice,
and I know them,
and they follow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life;
and they shall never perish,
neither shall any man pluck them
out of my hand.” John 10:26-28
Praise God He came to pay the price for our sin “according to the scriptures”– God promised, and God always keeps HIS promises.
“Surely he hath borne our griefs,
and carried our sorrows:
yet we did esteem him stricken,
smitten of God,
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions,
he was bruised for our iniquities:
the chastisement of our peace was upon him;
and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned every one to his own way;
and the Lord hath laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed,
and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth:
he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb,
so he openeth not his mouth.” Isaiah 53:4-7
Jesus didn’t have to speak because HE IS THE WORD–His person, life, ministry, death and resurrection said it all. What will you do with the “Lamb of God”? The choice is yours, and we who belong to Him need to live like HIS sheep before the world!