Redemption Through God’s Lamb

God’s actions go beyond human comprehension, and in John’s Gospel, he exposes this truth in a magnificent way. When John the Baptist noticed Christ, he professed Him as the Lamb of God (John 1:29). Here the Lord uncovers His intention to sacrifice Jesus giving birth to redemption.

God chose John to unveil Christ as His Lamb. No other Gospel depicts Jesus as a lamb. In fact, the Lamb of God emerges in this Gospel and the Book of Revelation both written by John. This broadcast of God’s eternal plan to sacrifice His Son is the cornerstone of a Christian’s life.

As a matter of fact in Biblical times, a lamb played a crucial role in the relationship between God and His faithful believers. For example, the first Passover (Exodus 12:1-11), God chose a lamb to keep the Israelites protected from His tenth plague (Exodus 12:12). Here we gain insight into the Lord’s choice of a lamb as a mark of salvation.

The Origin of Sacrifice

Sacrifice is miraculous. The Old Testament is full of them. There are five major offerings mentioned in this section of the Bible. Burnt, grain, peace, sin, and trespass sacrifice are significant actions taught by God to glorify Him. Each of them unleashed God’s mercy and brought peace in their lives.

It’s astonishing to understand the way God rewarded our ancient relatives the Israelites. In their times of defying the Lord, He still welcomed their offerings. And in their sacrifices, He showed them love, harmony, grace, and justice.

God’s Lamb New Covenant

The moment God delivered Christ to the world His plan to offer Him as His personal sacrifice. This New Covenant (Hebrews 9:15) with humanity the Holy Spirit guides us and places us in Jesus’s hands. It’s important to realize Christ’s death and resurrection are the keys that unlock the door to God’s.

This altruistic act from God erases original sin and cleanses us from our transgressions. Remember the Lord’s Lamb took on the sins of the world and defeated Satan. God responds to those who accept Christ as His Redeemer.

When I meditate on God’s Lamb, it brings tears to my eyes. It captures my heart and puts perspective on salvation. This gives a most compelling evidence to God’s truth because my inner-being becomes filled with the Holy Spirit. And my gratitude for God intensifies heightening my consciousness of Christ presence.

As shown above, the essence of God’s salvation is His unwavering action to offer the death of Christ for the sake of humanity. This eternal truth is the gateway to heaven. Place your faith in Christ and experience God’s grace.

What is your experience with God’s Lamb?

John’s Revelation of Christ as God

John opens his Gospel with a fascinating revelation. He magnifies the truth of the one real God. This parallel with the first verse in Genesis (Genesis 1:1). Both scriptures leave no doubt that God created everything and governs over the earth.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1  

The first five verses of John’s Gospel give a most compelling evidence of Christ as God Himself. Those powerful statements smash man’s attempts to disprove God’s existence. Here, the Lord shows us Jesus’s place in heaven before He became human (John 1:2).

And those facts never change no matter how hard one tries to deny their truths.

Christ Present at Creation

When we inspect these magnificent scriptures, it captures God’s plan for Christ’s Deity. First, we become united with Jesus’s Spirit.

Verses two and three record Jesus with God from the start of creation. This revelation shows Christ’s truth as God because in the world and universe beginning God included Jesus.

He was with God in the beginning.   Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. John 1:2-3

God in His glory made everything through Christ. It’s tough to fathom this truth because in the Book of Genesis the origin of creation begins with God. Remember, with God nothing is impossible. In fact, accepting this reality is an act of faith. And with an unwavering trust in our Father Christ becomes the key to eternal life.

Now with this in mind,   we gain insight into God’s plan for humanity.

Christ the Eternal Light

The centerpiece in a Christian’s life is Jesus Christ and in verses four and five we grasp God’s reason for placing Him as His redeemer. Our first glimpse into understanding the Messiah’s role in God’s kingdom came in Adam and Eve’s disobedience (Genesis 3).

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  John 1:4-5

When sin entered the heart of humanity, a darkness engulfed the soul. And from this point forward temptation unleashed its power corrupting the mind.

No one is immune to the destruction sin causes in a person’s life. Both the believer and one who rejects God struggle with transgressions. And those who God saved understand the way out of the black hole of darkness is in Christ’s light.

When Jesus’s light enters the heart of a believer, it illuminates God’s truth. With this in mind, Christ makes our transition from darkness into eternal spiritual light a delightful proposition. And the greatest reward from this Light is freedom from the bondage of sin (John 8:32).

My Personal Story of Darkness

In my darkness, the fight for righteousness stayed dormant. I knew nothing of a selfless life because pride ruled my motives. Self-centeredness coupled with a reprobate mindset led to a life full of self-destruction. My intentions anchored in egocentric attitudes caused others to stay away leaving me lonely and isolated.

Besides my selfishness resentment, bitterness and rage became common reactions to life terms. I hated myself and spread this venom to others. Forgiveness stayed elusive keeping my soul in darkness.

Under those circumstances, my life continued to get worse.

But the day God shined Christ’s light on me everything changed. This transformation removed my blinders and awakened me to His reality. I’m grateful Christ is the Light of life because my vision is no longer centered in this world but in heaven.

As shown above John’s revelation of Christ’s life before conception shows us God is almighty. Our Father never leaves us and these five scriptures prove His love for humanity.

What is your experience with Christ’s Light?

Reliance on God Equals Serenity

The book of Proverbs reminds us to rely on the Lord instead of ourselves (Proverbs 3:5). A point often overlooked is a dependence upon God brings us an inner serenity and an eternal future with our Savior. Given these points reliance on God calms the storms of life leading to a peaceful existence.

It’s difficult to abandon oneself to God. Everything inside ourselves wants to go it alone. This instinct to rely on our own limited power isn’t new. In fact, it started the moment sin entered humanity.

We understand this truth from Adam and Eve’s fall from God’s grace (Genesis 3). Even though, Satan persuaded them to disobey God (Genesis 3:4) it shows the consequences from relying on oneself.

But God’s mercy provides a way out (2 Peter 3:9).

My Experience With Self-reliance

I know the fruitless results from living life without leaning on Christ. When I use my understanding of how to live in a broken world, the outcome isn’t satisfying. This places me in a position where I collide with God’s word and live in disobedience.

In my experience living a self-searching lifestyle, the courage needed to overcome temptation stays elusive. I find myself unable to meet life’s terms without sin. My inability to live free from the bondage of sin coupled with my powerlessness over it leads me to resentment, fear, and ungodliness.

And I know without Christ’s strength it gets worse.

Every day we come up close with the dangers of separating ourselves from Christ. We live in a world riddled with examples of evil deeds with wicked intentions. These sinful global occurrences give evidence to a life anchored in action unacceptable with God.

Leaving Christ out of our decision making the door to more problems swings open. Even in our Christian walk, this unintentional approach can cause us to stumble.

On the positive side, our experience in trusting God leads us to refocus our efforts and seek Jesus divine wisdom. And once we shift our hearts over to His care a peace unlike any other enters our inner-being.

Glorifying God Comes From Christ-reliance

One of the most favorable actions God looks for is glorifying Him. It doesn’t take much of exertion to praise Christ. The Lord’s recipe for salvation includes the ingredients of humility, sincerity, and willingness to live in Christ. Those three spiritual actions lead to heaven.

On the other hand, self-sufficiency glorifies individuality an act of pride and distasteful to Christ.

The antidote for self-reliance is improving our relationship with Christ. Since God made Jesus His entry into salvation, then it becomes our responsibility to surrender our personal agendas and live in His purpose. It’s important to realize the more we rely on Jesus the greater our ability to live acceptable in God’s eyes.

What are your experiences with reliance on Christ?

 

Christ as God Series: The Gospel of John

To absorb God’s Spirit, one must without reservations accept Christ as His Savior. This holds true throughout each of the four Gospels. And the Gospel of John he identifies Christ as one inseparable from God (John 10:30).

John engages us with Christ’s unbreakable link to the Holy Trinity. Throughout his Gospel, he records the details of how God made Christ the way into His kingdom (John 14:6).

John shows us Christ as God.

Over the next several weeks we will walk through John’s Gospel.

John opens his gospel by showing us God’s plan for Christ’s deity (John 1:1-5). In those five verses, everything one needs to know of God’s truth of Jesus Christ emerges. It’s in these scriptures our Father discloses the knowledge of salvation.

In the Gospels, we find similar events outlining Jesus’s ministry. For example, they uncover the power of Christ through His miracles. In fact, Christ’s first miracle shows up in John’s Gospel and not the others. (John 2:1-12)

The overall view from John is the relationship between Christ and God.  Most of his accounts capture the way Christ places us in God’s hands. It’s here we discover Jesus as the Lamb of God (John 1:29-34). This leaves no doubt the Lord’s plan to sacrifice His Son and open the door to eternal life.

Another key point in John’s Gospel is the way Jesus illuminates the Holy Spirit. This is best depicted in Chapter 14. Here, God unveiled the power of Holy Spirit. And through Christ, He unleashes the courage to live on the narrow way (Matthew 7:13-14).

John displays the Messiah strength over sin (John 8:1-12), the significant of proclaiming Him as Savior (John 4:39) and the meaning behind rebirth (John 3:1-21). Given these points, it’s crucial for us to pick up our cross and walk in His Light.

This Gospel ends with a fascinating truth concerning Christ’s Sovereignty.

“Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” John 21:25

John’s Gospel gives a most compelling evidence to the God’s plans for an eternal existence. I invite you to join me and share your experience, strength, and hope from your faith in Christ.