The Lamb of God
April 23, 2011 § Leave a comment
My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.
You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world– to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.~John 18:36-37
Wonder, amazement, and awe are my reactions to the fact that Christ came down to earth. The King of Kings, and Creator of All took on human flesh, the dust of the earth, and then allowed it to be crushed, stripped, beaten, and pierced for my transgressions.
He who knows each one of us by name and has numbered the very hairs of our head bore a mocking crown of thorns and accepted blows and insults as a lamb slain for the final sin offering. Each man who had a part in the punishment of Jesus was known to him by name. He knew everything about him, and everything to come, and He went to the cross to do the Father’s will and restore relationship between Holy God and wicked man.
As I reflect on Isaiah 53, I am struck dumb that the prophet prophesied about Jesus, the Messiah, 700 years before His birth and 733 years before His cruel death on the cross. Our God is the Master Author, Scientist, Historian,and more…so much more than all we could ask for or imagine Him to be.
Today, as we eagerly await Easter Sunday, resurrection day, let us also eagerly await the second coming of the one who, “appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. ” (Hebrews 9:11-28)
But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”~Mark 14:61-62
Looking to the clouds and eagerly awaiting… though imperfect as this tent of human, sinful flesh may be…
Raise the Risk Challenge:
- Reflect on Isaiah 53 and Hebrews 9-10.
- Ask God that you might begin to eagerly anticipate his second coming.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with the measure of His fullness and to help you to turn from sin in the moment of temptation… this day and each day forward.