God’s Ultimate Lamb
Friday, November 18th, 2016
“And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.” Heb 9:22
Jesus Christ is God’s ultimate Lamb for the sins of the world. He fulfilled the need for one lamb for a man, one lamb for a family, one lamb for a nation. Gen 4:4; Exo 12:3-14; Lev 16:15-16
In John 1:29, Jesus’ cousin, John the Baptist was the first person to call Jesus by the name, ‘Lamb of God.’ Here John acknowledged Jesus as the ultimate Lamb of God for the whole world through his knowledge of the OT Scriptures. John believed that by baptizing Jesus, God had made Jesus the ultimate Lamb Who takes the sin of the world once and for all through His death on the cross. In Hebrews, the Word of God declares Jesus as the ultimate Lamb of God Who ends the tradition of the empty religious treadmill of a sacrificial worship system that was unable to permanently deal with the problem of sin. Heb 10:1-14
Reasons why Jesus is God’s ultimate Lamb.
1. God’s Ultimate Lamb Who Fulfills God’s Righteousness
The righteous work of Jesus’s baptism and death on the Cross had removed forever the barrier of spiritual death which hangs over the head of every man. God had not only removed our death penalty but also made it possible for us to be restored in Christ.
Propitiation is toward God, satisfying God’s absolute righteousness and holiness. Christ baptism and death did that for us.
Redemption is toward God, providing ransom for the sin-debt through Jesus’ baptism and death. As a result, man is set free from the slave market of sin and brought out from Satan’s authority. Christ’s baptism and death did that for us.
Substitutionary death is toward death, through Christ dying in our place by receiving all our sins through His baptism from John.
2. God’s Ultimate Lamb Removes The Penalty Of Sin
The penalty of sin has always been death. One of the first principles Adam and Eve ever learned from God was that in theday they ate the forbidden fruit, they would die. Gen 2:17. They didn’t fully understand that ‘death’ meant a spiritual separation from God. Then on that day when Adam and Eve stood over the lifeless body of their dead son, Abel, they were all too aware of what it meant to die physically.
The final aspect of death is still future and is called ‘the second death’ or eternal death. This will be the final eternal state of all who die on this earth without having their spiritual lives restored by having faith in Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection. This is not a state of eternal unconsciousness but rather one of very real torment and remorse forever and ever. Rev 20:14-15; Matt 8:12; Lk 16:19-31
3. God’s Ultimate Lamb Died Twice
Since man’s penalty for being a sinner is both spiritual and physical death. Jesus had to taste both kinds of death. Jesus died spiritually by faith when He received the sins of humanity by the baptism from John. From then on Jesus lived by faith through the Spirit of His Father and allowed the Holy Spirit to do mighty works through Him. The Apostle Paul referred to this when he said in 2 Cor 5:21, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
When Jesus was hanging on the cross as our substitute, Heb 2:9 tells us that, “He might taste death for everyone.” He died physically for us. In dying spiritually and physically as our substitute, God credited Jesus’ sacrificial death to the account of fallen humanity. Jesus spiritual death means that God can now give spiritual life to all men who have faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. Jesus’ physical death and defeat of it in the resurrection means God can ultimately raise our physical bodies and give us immortality.
Jesus was destined to be God’s ultimate Lamb Whose blood, when applied to the doorsteps of our hearts, would cause God to ‘pass over’ us in judgment.
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