Speak Lord; I’m Listening – Daily Bite-Size Encouragement – Day 31
The Lamb of God is proclaimed worthy of glory and blessing in heaven, and He was christened worthy of honor while here on the earth.
Lamb on Earth
John the Baptist was told by God that the one “whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, He is the one who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.” John revealed to others, “I myself have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God.” The following day, John proclaimed, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”1
What does it mean to be the Lamb of God? “In Bible times when a person sinned, they would take a lamb to the temple to sacrifice.” The lamb’s sacrifice would literally take the place of the person’s sin. “They brought lambs to the temple year after year because no lamb could take away all the people’s sin.”2
Isaiah spoke of the worthy Lamb before Jesus’ coming, “He was oppressed, yet when He was afflicted He didn’t open His mouth. As a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so He didn’t open His mouth.”3
To be called the Lamb of God means that Jesus took our sins upon Himself and bore them just as the natural lamb bore people’s sins in ancient times. Jesus shed His blood as a payment for all of mankind’s sins. In ancient times, they sacrificed yearly, but Jesus sacrifice was complete because He gave Himself for us all. Jesus died, shedding His blood on our behalf.
Then Jesus “canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He took it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them.”4
“Jesus opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and He said to them, “It is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day. And that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations.”5
Lamb in Heaven
The phrase ‘Worthy is the Lamb’ reminds me of the scripture in Revelation, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.”6
And, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.”7 Amen. Jesus is worthy of our praise and honor.
And, “Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”8 Hallelujah! Picturing God Almighty on the throne brings such joy and hope and love. Picturing the Lamb of God brings such gratitude, victory, and desire to adore and proclaim how worthy He is.
“Holy, holy holy, is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come.”9
Kim Walker-Smith song ‘Throne Room’ expresses our heart’s desire to praise Him Who is worthy!
God deserves our praise You Deserve Our Praise – Strength with Dignity
We can turn toward God at any time Toward God – Strength with Dignity
1 John 1:33-34, 36 NASB
2 Why did John the Baptist call Jesus the Lamb of God? Published August 30, 2019. Retrieved October 18, 2021, from https://www.journalreview.com/stories/why-did-john-the-baptist-call-jesus-the-lamb-of-god,30341
3 Isaiah 53:7 WEB
4 Colossians 2:14-15 NASB
5 Luke 24:45-57 NASB
6 Revelation 5:12 NASB
7 Revelation 5:13 NASB
8 Revelation 7:10b NASB
9 Revelation 4:8b NASB
New American Standard Bible. Copyright 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.
World English Bible (WEB) by Public Domain. The name “World English Bible” is trademarked.
Bible Scriptures were retrieved October 7, 2021, from https://www.biblegateway.com #bgbg2 #BibleGateway