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Behold the Lamb

Behold the Lamb of God – Jesus 

          The sacrifices offered by the priest in the Jewish faith included the shedding of the blood of animals. This sacrificial system was instituted by God. It was meant to point them toward the perfect Lamb of God, a Redeemer who would come. 

          We know that during their time of captivity in Egypt, the death angel passed over the homes of the Israelites who were instructed to put the blood of a lamb on their door posts. The Jews celebrate this event of being spared death by God. Jesus also celebrated the Passover with His disciples. Jesus made a new covenant when He gave His life as the ultimate sacrifice during this time of final remembrance. Christ’s followers now celebrate “The Lord’s Supper” in remembrance of His sacrifice. 

          When Jesus came to John to be baptized, John declared: … “Behold the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29) We find God affirming by the Holy Spirit… “Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:22) 

          One of the significant events which happened when Christ died on the cross was the veil of the temple being split in two. Only the high priests were permitted behind that veil to offer sacrifices for the people. When the veil was torn at Jesus’ death, it essentially signified that we now have access to God in another way. 

          God’s word tells us that Jesus became our high priest. When He ascended into heaven where He sits at the right hand of God. He makes intercession for us.

“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He is the propitiation for our sins and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. And by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.” 1 John 2:1-3. 

          The priests died, but Christ our high priest continues to live. “But this man, because He continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore, He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:24-25 

          We find that under the old system sacrifices were repeated year after year. It served as a reminder to the people of their sinfulness and provided only a temporary covering always pointing toward the coming Messiah – the Lamb of God. Hebrews 10 tells us that it was a “shadow of good things to come.” 

          “And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering often the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but this man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God…” Hebrews 10:11-12. 

          “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them who look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” Hebrews 9:28 

          Aren’t you grateful that we are no longer under the sacrificial system for our sins, that by accepting Christ as our Savior, we have access to God thru His sacrifice? Jesus said: “I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6 

          “Behold the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world!”

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The Pitfalls of Procrastination

Do you know anyone who procrastinates? Sure, you do, we all have a few “procrasties” in our blood.  I happen to know the President of the Procrastinator’s Club of America. Well, not really, but he certainly ranks pretty high on the list, and he gets my vote. He debates the situation to death—should I do this, should I do that, blah, blah, blah? Then, when he actually makes a decision and is in the midst of doing the thing, he begins to question if he is doing the right thing.

I have to admit that I’ve allowed a few opportunities to slip by because I kept laying the project aside thinking I had plenty of time. Then, when I finally decide I’m going to do the project, the deadline has passed!

 Or, what about that inspection on your car which was about to expire?  You were going to take care of it next week? Right? Forgot! The State police are sure to notice.

Some procrastination has devastating results, such as staying in your home when you are told to evacuate because of a flood, hurricane or wildfire. We’ve heard the sad news recently of people dying because they waited too long.

The same can be true in our spiritual life. We really did plan to start attending church, but, we’ve been so busy. Now, the children are teenagers, and they have no interest in the things of God. Your own spiritual life is a wreck because of lack of prayer and reading God’s word.

Perhaps, you’ve felt the nudging of the Holy Spirit to put your faith in Christ, but you keep putting it off. God’s word in Hebrews 9:27 – “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”

If we procrastinate too long, the decision will be taken out of our hands by death. (Do we know when that will be?) We will stand before the Lord and hear – “I never knew you.”

The good news is that if you are reading this – it’s not too late! Romans 10:9-10 (KJV) is one of God’s great promises: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Well, you may be thinking, this girl is laying it on a bit heavy…I don’t think so. I’m not procrastinating today about giving a witness to my faith in Christ, and this is my way of being that witness which God calls all of us to be who claim His name. There are countless people out there who are lost and without hope. Let’s be proactive and tell them the Good news.

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