April 13, 2013

Follow The Lamb – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:37 pm by sranderson0103

In the beginning of Revelation chapter fourteen we read:

“behold, the Lamb

was standing on Mount Zion,

and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand.”

The Lamb, the victorious Christ, had taken His stand with the courageous army of God on earth marching in formation to battle. Describing the notable characteristics of these valiant heroes John says:

“…These are the ones who follow the Lamb

wherever He goes. … (Revelation 14:4)

We are familiar with the concept, though normally seen in reverse. The dedicated animal usually, loyally follows their master. Perhaps we can all quote following familiar American nursery rhyme.

Mary had a little lamb,
whose fleece was white as snow.
And everywhere that Mary went,
the lamb was sure to go.

Reversing this picture seems strange, but when we understand that this Lamb is different, it not only makes sense, it illustrates and effectively teaches conduct that is expected by God. This Lamb is far more superior to His followers than any human is to his animal.

Recall that John the Baptist pointed two of his disciples to this Lamb.

“and he looked at Jesus as He walked, and said,

‘Behold, the Lamb of God!’” (John 1:36)

 

In effect, John the Baptist was telling them that it was time to stop following him and, instead, follow Jesus.

“The two disciples heard him speak,

and they followed Jesus.” (John 1:37).

Why were they instructed to follow this Lamb? There were, no doubt, numerous reasons but we read that on the previous day, when John had first seen Jesus coming, he had said, apparently to all his disciples…

“…Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away

the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).

This is the first use of the word “lamb” in the New Testament, and it is significant that it refers here to the Lord Jesus as the one great sacrifice for our sins. He is called “the Lamb” thirty more times in the New Testament, the final time no longer viewing Him on the altar but in heaven.

“There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.” (Revelation 22:3-4).

Yet, even as our eternal King on the heavenly throne with the Father, He is still the Lamb, and we can never ever forget that He once died for us that we might live with Him.

Long before this, Isaac once asked his father, “Where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Abraham answered, “God will provide himself a lamb” (Genesis 22:7-8). God did just that 2000 years later, when Christ, “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8 KJV), “came into the world to save sinners” (I Timothy 1:15).

Then when God was ready to set His people free in ancient Egypt, He told them to place the shed blood of a spotless lamb on the doorpost of each home and said, “…When I see the blood, I will pass over you…” (Exodus 12:13). In fulfillment of all these ancient sacrifices and types, the once-for-all Lamb of God came, and “…Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.” (I Corinthians 5:7).

When the church is finally victorious over Satan’s most powerful opposition, we read “‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’” In chapter 21 it is revealed that the church is “the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”

It is interesting, in view of these profound, divine comparisons to consider the simple insight offered in the last verse of the nursery rhyme.

‘Why does the lamb love Mary so?’
the eager children cry.

‘Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know.’
the teacher did reply.

Now, like John’s disciples, it surely compels us, in the very depths of our souls, to “behold” and “follow the Lamb wherever He goes.”

Adapted from thoughts by Henry Morris

 

 

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