September 16, 2018
Jesus didn’t just die FOR me but He took my place and died AS me!!!
LAMB OF GOD!
OT – where is lamb?
NT – behold the lamb!
John 1.29 (NKJV) The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
Present – Worthy is the lamb! That was slain for you and I!
Rev. 5.12 (NKJV) saying with a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!”
Lamb is presented to the priest, examines lamb. Places hands upon the lamb represent sins being transferred to the lamb and the righteousness of the lamb transferred to the priest, now killed and offered and now the blessings of God – Favor of Heaven is made available to us!
the priest did not examine the person bringing the lamb. He did not have to. The person bringing the lamb was a sinner. He had sinned and was bringing the lamb for an offering in his place. The priest knew the person was a sinner and did not have to look for blemishes in the person. The priest only examined the lamb to see if it was perfect. If it was perfect then it was accepted and sacrificed for the person. The sins of the person were transferred to the perfect lamb. The person was forgiven and walked away free. When Satan temps us and points to our blemishes we can point to the perfect lamb – Jesus – Yahshua We already know we are imperfect – that is a given – that is not the issue – the issue, the question is this is the lamb – Jesus / Yahshua perfect ? Yes ! Hallelu-Yah our lamb IS perfect. Case dismissed – get behind us Satan !
the gospel is GOOD NEWS! Not just to the lost and the sinner but also for us who believe!
The Gospel, when preached will always call us up – NOT OUT! Because the Gospel is one of Grace and Truth Not Law…
The law (God’s righteous standard) calls out and reveals sin, but the gospel (one of grace and truth) calls us up into His righteousness and identity!
It’s a message of abundant grace… it is not a message of how one can fix their behavior and try and become “better” Christians.
So no longer is God calling us out for our SIN… He is calling us up into something (let explain in just a bit)…
Rom. 2.4 (NKJV) … that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?
John 1.16 (NKJV) And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.
John 1.17 (NKJV) For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
The Gospel, to the wayward or unbeliever, is a message of RECONCILIATION –
4–5 “There once was a shepherd with a hundred lambs, but one of his lambs wandered away and was lost. So the shepherd left the ninety-nine lambs out in the open field and searched in the wilderness for that one lost lamb. He didn’t stop until he finally found it. With exuberant joy he raised it up and placed it on his shoulders,[a] carrying it back with cheerful delight! 6 Returning home, he called all his friends and neighbors together and said, ‘Let’s have a party! Come and celebrate with me the return of my lost lamb. It wandered away, but I found it and brought it home.’” 7 Jesus continued, “In the same way, there will be a glorious celebration in heaven over the rescue of one lost sinner who repents, comes back home, and returns to the fold—more so than for all the righteous people who never strayed away.”
Repentance defined = Receive Him as Savior. To surrender to His Love!
He is a better Savior than we were Sinners!
18 And God has made all things new,[a] and reconciled[b] us to himself, and given us the ministry of reconciling others to God. 19 In other words, it was through the Anointed One that God was shepherding the world,[q] not even keeping records of their transgressions, and he has entrusted to us the ministry of opening the door of reconciliation to God.[r] 20 We are ambassadors[s] of the Anointed One who carry the message of Christ to the world, as though God were tenderly pleading[t] with them directly through our lips. So we tenderly plead with you on Christ’s behalf, “Turn back to God and be reconciled to him.”