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Pastor: Bro. Bobby Clark
Faith Baptist Church
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Crossville, TN. 38557
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The Lamb Of God
In John chapter one John the Baptist bursts upon the scene much like Elijah did in First Kings 17. He is preaching down by the Jordan River and baptizing the converts. The high ranking Jews hear of it and send some priests and Levites to ask who he is and straightway he told them he is not the Christ, or Messiah. Then are you Elijah and he answered I am not. Are you the Prophet which Moses spoke of that was to come in Deuteronomy 18? But the Jews didn’t understand that Moses spoke of the Messiah in those verses; and John said no again. Well, who are you so we may give an answer to those who sent us to you. John said I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, make His way straight. He was simply the voice but Jesus was the actual Word. John only spoke of the Word. These men continued to ask him; since you aren’t any of these men we asked you about why do you baptize? John answered them in verses 26-27 “I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; He it is, who is coming after me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose”. The next day John seeing Jesus coming toward him says “Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world”. He says to those around him; this in the One I told you about yesterday, He has come. John took Him and baptized Him and straightway the Spirit of God descended like a dove and abode on Him and a voice came from Heaven and said “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased”. John the Baptist was the herald, the forerunner of Jesus, the Messiah. He knew who He was and didn’t hesitate to announce Him to all who would listen. I want to look at the thought this week on The Lamb of God.
The first thing we will look at is the worth of the Lamb. John the Baptist said, behold. This tells us that John was looking for Jesus to come and when he saw Him he cried out behold. This also signifies importance which speaks of His worth. You don’t cry out “behold” for everything that comes along. The word captures our attention to something of worth or importance. Give me your attention! Look! He is absolutely worth your attention today. There is none so important as Him. You may look to religion, church membership, good works, social status or a dozen other things but all these do is make you comfortable as you continue on your way to Hell and the lake of fire. Jesus is worth more than anything on earth because He can give you eternal life. Jesus is worthy to be praised as David writes in Psalms 18:3 “I will call upon the Lord who is worthy to be praised”. If David praised Him the church should praise Him today. Paul wrote in Romans 15:10-11 “Rejoice ye Gentiles, with His people. And again, praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles, and laud Him, all ye people”. If we have been saved we have an obligation to praise Him. If He does nothing else for us the rest of our lives and we die a beggar, starved and cold; we still owe Him worship for our salvation. All creation should praise Him as David wrote in Psalms 150:6 “Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord; praise ye the Lord”.
The second thing we will see is the work of the Lamb. John said behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world. The work of the Lamb, the work of Jesus is to take away the sin of the world, to remove it from mankind. He is the Great Physician; a great Teacher and Motivator but first and foremost He is the Savior of the world and His greatest work still is taking away man’s sin. Why is this so important? It is important because man can’t go to Heaven with sin. It must be taken away, expunged and remitted and Jesus is the only one who can do that. How could He do that? Look at the way of the Lamb: He had to die, the Just for the unjust. Peter said in First Peter 1:18-19 “For as much as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot”. As the old testament sacrifice had to die and his blood be sprinkled on the mercy seat to cover their sins the blood of God’s Lamb, the lamb He provided, had to be shed, not for our covering, but for the forgiveness of our sins. Hebrews 9:22 states “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without the shedding of blood there is no remission”. First John 1:7 tells us also “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin”. John the Baptist said “the sins of the world” not just a few people’s sins or a certain group and their sins but for the sins of the world. I am so glad Jesus is able to save all who will come to Him in faith and repentance. Paul wrote to Timothy in First Timothy 2:3-4 “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; who will have all men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth”.
Lastly let’s look at the wanting of the Lamb. Many in that day and sadly in this day don’t want the Lamb. They wanted someone to come in with power and great authority to release them from Roman bondage. They wanted a lion, instead of a lamb. But, before the lion comes the lamb has to die. The sin problem has to be dealt with first. But they wanted then, like today, someone with position, prestige, possessions, and power but were not so concerned with purity. They want earthly power not spiritual power so they reject the Lamb which is able to take away their sins and make it possible for them to go to Heaven. Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world!