[SW272] 03/03/2017 message notes by
Pastor Susan J. Wynn ©2017
“Jesus, the Lamb of God”
I cannot diminish or “reframe” the purpose of Jesus’ coming in any way, because if I do, I rob the gospel of its power.
He has been reframed and refashioned by much of the church. Thus, the gospel is robbed of its power.
The Lamb OF God — He is God the Father’s sacrifice, on behalf of the world. God sacrificed His Son for even me!
He GAVE His only begotten Son, a part of Himself, so that I may live. There had to be a great need! What was it?
He takes away, bears up and carries away, the sin of the world! Not plural, but singular. Sin. The sin of the whole world, He will take away. For whoever will believe. What is this sin?
It is the nature in us that we were born with, as children of Adam. But He gives us the right to become children of God! And through Him only, we are reconciled, and through Him, only, we are set free from the sin nature and given His divine nature, His character!
It has been a problem from Adam onward, one the Father was aware of from before anything was. He had a Lamb prepared (Revelation 5:5-6, 13:8)!
We needed a perfect Lamb, a perfect sacrifice, who would reconcile us to God, and because He is also the One who baptizes in the Holy Spirit, He is the One who will take away our “sin singular,” our desire to sin, our sin nature, who will cleanse and purify, just as He says He will in Malachi 3:3.
The announcer, the messenger (Malachi 3:1), John the Baptist, was there to clear the way before Him, calling out that all must make their hearts ready by a baptism that is an outward indication of their repentance, and announcing this Lamb of God as the Baptizer in the Holy Spirit, the Purifier of your entire heart!
Jesus Christ is our Passover Lamb (1Corinthians 5:7, Exodus 12:3ff), if we will believe in His name, that He is who He says He is. With His blood on the doorposts of our hearts, death passes over and does not touch us, for His blood gives eternal life, here and now and there and then!
The Lamb, God’s sacrifice, is shadowed in Genesis 22:7, and in the entire account of the binding of Isaac, Abraham knew he was acting out prophecy (Hebrews 11:17-19).
God had promised Abraham that from him, through Isaac’s line, the world would be blessed. So even if he sacrificed his son, his one and only son, he knew God was able even to raise the dead. God keeps His promises!
On the mountain of the Lord, a ram was provided in place of Isaac. On the mountain of the Lord, He Himself provided the offering.
On the mountain of the Lord, the Lamb of God has been provided! Glory to God! This is the gospel! Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten, was offered on the same hill where Isaac, Abraham’s only begotten was offered, say many scholars.
I tell you, on the mountain of the Lord it has been provided! He Himself has provided an offering, the Lamb OF God! He is God’s sacrifice on your behalf!
He was unblemished and sinless. He was therefore the perfect sacrifice, the only sacrifice Who could carry God’s wrath upon Himself, forgive us for past sins, and deliver us from our sinful natures.
I hear teaching that He is lamblike, meek, and that is why He is the Lamb of God. Therefore, He is an example for men to follow, so they are not cruel to their wives and families and others. Be meek like Jesus. Work at it. You can do it, they say.
It sounds good, doesn’t it? But that is not why Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God. He is not our Good Example to try real hard to follow.
And by that erroneous teaching, the gospel is robbed of its power to convict the hearts of men and women of their sin and transform their hearts, cleansing them from sin, and purify our hearts by Jesus Christ’s baptism with the Holy Spirit, cleansed because God’s Sin Offering, the Lamb of God, was sent to us by God the Father! Then He has done it in you, and you are able to walk like He walked. Do you see it?
Why do they teach it? Because people want to hear how God will bless them, and how He can be used to make their everyday lives easier — they do not want to hear what they must do to receive God and to have pure hearts. How do I know that is true? Look at the number of people who follow this, “Me Gospel.”
Well, if that’s the kind of gospel you have been listening to, I pray you have had ears to hear this one, because this is directly from the Word of God, with no reframing or any such thing! I will not rob the gospel of it’s power!
Repent now — John the Baptist was the essential one, sent to call for repentance so hearts would be prepared for the Lamb of God to come and reconcile you to God and bear your sin away, cleansing and purifying your heart! If you repent, He will do the rest — He is the only One who can!