by John Barnett

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Jesus Is The Lamb Of God (4 of 37)
Series: Christ In All The Scripture
John Barnett

Isaiah 53 tells us that Jesus was crushed for our sins. Have you meditated upon all that was involved in that? From the image of the olive press in ancient Israel we understand what He endured for you and me!

Has Jesus Christ become your Passover Sacrifice by Faith? Have you had His shed blood applied to protect your life from God's wrath? Have you eaten Him for your salvation? Do you rest safely in the shelter of His great salvation?

When John the Baptist stepped forward in John 1:29 and introduced Jesus as the Lamb of God he did so as the final Old Testament prophet, the son of a priest, and as the chosen forerunner of Christ. He identified Jesus as the Passover Lamb of God, how powerful, complete and transforming is that truth. Think of the dramatic sequence God had planned just on the day of Christ's crucifixion. On day Christ died on the Cross-for our sins, it was the fourteenth day of A' bib, A.D. 33.

At the third hour (9:00 A.M.), Israel's high priest tied the Passover lamb to the altar for sacrifice.

At that exact moment outside the city walls of Jerusalem, Jesus, the Lamb of God, was nailed to the cross.

For six hours both the Passover lamb and Jesus the Lamb of God, awaited death.

Finally, at the ninth hour (3:00 P.M.), the high priest ascended the altar in the temple and sacrificed the Passover lamb.

At that exact moment from the Cross Christ's words thundered out over the city of Jerusalem, "It is finished!"

On Calvary's stark mountain, God the Father, the final High Priest of all creation, placed His holy hand on the head of His only begotten Son, allowing the total sin of the world to descend upon Jesus. Barely able to lift His blood-spattered face toward heaven, Jesus shouted in triumph, "It is finished!" (John 19:30).

Jesus as the Lamb of God summarizes God's Word completely. It is the greatest summary of Who Christ WAS ...

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