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Light of the Lamb

Light of the Lamb
Words of Faith 9-9-16
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2016
Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL
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John 1
[29] The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! [30] This is the one I meant when I said, 'A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.' [31] I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel."

And exactly how is it that the Life-Light of Jesus will change the darkness? By being a lamb. Not just any lamb but the Lamb of God!
For a Gentile (non-Jewish person), this would not make much sense, the God of the universe becoming a lamb. But for Jewish hearers and readers, the Lamb was one of the most powerful symbols imaginable.
For centuries, every Jewish family had personally chosen a lamb at Passover, taken it into their home briefly and then sacrificed it as a remembrance of God’s gracious acts of redemption from Egypt.
Children had grown up asking their parents why this innocent lamb had to die. They were told the story of the Angel of Death passing over the homes of the Israelites while a plague struck the firstborn of Egypt. At the Passover meal, they heard about grace, how God, before there was Law or rules to keep, acted to redeem His people out of bondage. God chased away the darkness with the innocence of a lamb.
The Life-Light of Jesus was to be the final innocent Lamb of God. He would live for a while among the family of God’s people and then He would die. Such redemption is not something that can be earned or deserved. It is purely the gracious act of God to redeem those that are His.
Who will benefit from this gracious act of God? In Egypt, it was any and all who applied the blood of the innocent lamb to the doorway of their house. For us, it is anyone who applies the blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God, to the entry of his or her life.
“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God-- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God” (1:12-13).
Have you met the Lamb? Have you personally applied His sacrificial death to the entry of your life? Have you rejoiced in His immeasurable grace?

O God, I give thanks for the Lamb! I give thanks that while I was still a sinner You died for me to set me free from the Egypt of sin and death. Apply the blood of Your Son Jesus to the entry of my life that I may walk in freedom. In the Name of Jesus, the Lamb. Amen.

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© Jeffrey D. Hoy 2002, 2016
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy - Faith Fellowship Church (EFCA)
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