Podcast: The Lamb Who Takes Away the Sin of the World

Jesus’ blood delivers us from death the same way the blood of the lamb did for Moses and Israel. The lamb absorbed the death blow of sin on behalf of the very ones who killed it. Jesus absorbed sin’s death blow on our behalf.

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The Lamb who Takes Away the Sin of the World

I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So the life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Gal 2:20)

There is no need to try to get all deep about this scripture, though the implications go far beyond how simple it seems, and, it means absolutely nothing without faith. In the letter to the Galatians Paul is trying to find out why they have left off from simply believing that they are righteous through faith inJesus, and now trying to achieve righteousness through the works of the law, namely circumcision. In the 21st verse of Galatians 2 Paul states,

“I do not set aside God’s grace, because if righteousness could come through the law, then Christ died for nothing!”

Righteousness cannot be achieved through our behavior. It cannot be achieved by being in the right religion. It cannot be achieved by going to church every Sunday and Wednesday. Righteousness cannot be achieved through reading the bible everyday.  Righteousness is a gift! David wrote in psalm 32,

How blessed is the one whose rebellious acts are forgiven, whose sin is pardoned! How blessed is the one whose wrongdoing the Lord does not punish, in whose spirit there is no deceit. (Psalms 32:1-2)

So how do we get this gift of righteousness? How do we come to a place where God forgives us for our disobedience? In actuality God has already forgiven our sin. He has already reconciled us to Himself in Jesus Christ. So righteousness truly is a gift. But how can you receive a gift you don’t know you have been given? How can you receive a gift of forgiveness from God if you don’t think that you need such a gift?

John says in his epistle,

“If we say we do not bear the guilt of sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.”(1John 1:8-9)

What is sin? The bible says that we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Rom 3:23) What does that mean though?  When Adam and Eve “sinned,” they separated from God, the source of life. The word means: to have no part with; or separate. It was their choice.  God had given them free will. There was nothing they could do in and of themselves to reconnect. They could no longer see God as He really is. Their view was  distorted and darkened. Anyone born into the human race after Adam and Eve had the same problem, being born in darkness (separated from God, the source of life and light). We were in darkness. No one was able to see Him as He truly is. That’s why when Jesus came He said,

“No one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son decides to reveal him.” (Luke 10:22)

The problem of sin is not about the sinful acts we commit. That’s why you cannot achieve righteousness by cleaning up your act or modifying your behavior. It is not about behavior. The sinful acts or our bad behavior is only a symptom of the disconnect between God and us. And in reality that disconnect is only in our minds at this point. You can not live out of what you don’t know you have. Once you realize the love God has for you, and that you have been reconnected and restored in relationship with Him, everything about you will begin to change.

The Son of God came to earth as a man to reconnect us to the life source. One man disconnected us (Adam). The man Jesus reconnected us. All things were created by, and through, and sustained in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Therefore, when the One in whom all things are sustained becomes a man, He is now the new man, and all men are now in Him.

This is significant because the moment the Son of God was born into the human race the connection is made. So what happens to Him, happens to all of us. And if you don’t know, Jesus died at the hands of the very human race He came to rescue, and 3 days later was resurrected. And since we are connected to Jesus through His humanity, we died with Him.

What ever happens to the ONE (Jesus) happens to us all. So, when He was raised from the dead, so was the human race. And wrhen He ascended to His Father, we all as a whole were raised up with Him and restored to our Father.

Jesus is called the lamb that takes away the sin of the world by John the baptist.(John 1:29)  In the old testament a lamb was killed at passover. It had to be a spotless lamb without blemish because it represented the Son of God, who would eventually take away the sin of the world by subjecting Himself to our sin, which cost Him his life. At the very height of our sin, which is literally killing the Son of God, we are forgiven.

The first passover was celebrated the night before the children of Israel left Egypt. The people were to place blood from the lamb that was killed on their door posts and at the top of the frame. The death angel that came through and killed all of Egypt’s first born would passover any house that had the blood of the lamb. This is a picture of our deliverance through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. I also believe that had any Egyptians placed the blood of a lamb on their door posts and cil the death angel would have past over their houses too.

Jesus’ blood delivers us from death the same way the blood of the lamb did for Moses and Israel. The lamb absorbed the death blow of sin on behalf of the very ones who killed it. Jesus absorbed the death blow of sin on behalf of the very same human race that killed him.

Remember, what happens to the One happens to us all. Jesus has already saved us from spiritual death (separation from God), but there will eventually be a physical resurrection from the dead, the redemption of our bodies. Just as He was physically raised from the dead in His body, so we will also be resurrected to new bodies. *Read 1Corinthians 15:35 -55.*

 God loves you and me  and has done away with anything that could keep us from coming to Him. He has given us eternal life if we will just receive it. All you have to do is believe. Call on the name of the Lord today. His name is Jesus.
For with the heart one believes and thus has righteousness and with the mouth one confesses and thus has salvation (Romans 10:10)
God Himself has come in the form of a man,  pure and sinless, to die in order to make a way for man to be reconnected to Him. Through Jesus, God has reconciled you to himself! That is the good news! You only have to believe the message in order to experience God’s love and forgiveness. HE HAS ALREADY DONE IT!

Look at these verses..

So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away – look, what is new has come!

And all these things are from God who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and who has given us the ministry of reconciliation.

In other words, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting people’s trespasses against them, and he has given us the message of reconciliation.

Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His plea through us.

We plead with you on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God!”

God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we would become the righteousness of God. (2Cor 5:18-21)

That’s why Galatians 2:20 is now one of my most favorite verses in scripture.

I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So the life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)

Connecting to God is not as hard as religion has made it out to be. God loves you and me and has given us His life to prove it. All you have to do is receive it. Call on the name of the Lord today, Jesus.

We Are One w/God in Christ

In Christ we are one with God. Everything and everyone are in Christ. He is the new creation. In him we have life and everything is sustained in Him.

Put Your Faith In The Lord Today

Seek the Lord while he makes himself available, call to him while he is nearby! The wicked need to abandon their lifestyle and sinful people their plans. They should return to the Lord, and he will show mercy to them, and to their God, for he will freely forgive them. (Isaiah 55:6-7)

It does not matter where you are in life. It does not matter what you have done. No matter how bad you think you have been, or know that you have been, God is able and willing to forgive you. He has wiped out your sin and, given you life. All you have to do is turn to Him and trust Him. Repent. Let the love of God, that has been poured out in your heart, begin to change you. In Christ Jesus you are the righteousness of God. There is nothing you can do to become righteous; no amount of good works can get you there. It is only in Christ that you will find your place in God. All you have to do is believe.

You may wonder why God would be willing to do such a thing for mankind. The answer is Love. Here is just one of many promises from the scriptures…

For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through Him. (John 3:16)

God loves us. Plain and simple. The scriptures say that Jesus is the lamb, slain before the foundation of the world. (1Pet 1:18-20) In other words, God knew before he created the world that his Son would enter into the creation in order to join God and man forever. The Son of God coming here was always the plan. Adam’s sin just made it a more difficult task for the Lord.

He was treated harshly and afflicted, but he did not even open his mouth. Like a lamb led to the slaughtering block, like a sheep silent before her shearers, he did not open his mouth.

He was led away after an unjust trial – but who even cared? Indeed, he was cut off from the land of the living; because of the rebellion of his own people he was wounded.

They intended to bury him with criminals, but he ended up in a rich man’s tomb, because he had committed no violent deeds, nor had he spoken deceitfully.

Though the Lord desired to crush him and make him ill, once restitution is made, he will see descendants and enjoy long life, and the Lord’s purpose will be accomplished through him. (Isaiah 53:7-10)

Because Adam had plunged man into darkness, man did not even recognize the Son of God when he arrived. So we attacked him and tried to discredit him. When that didn’t work we convicted Him in an unjust trial and sentenced Him to death by the cross.

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Matthew 7:21-23)

Notice in the verse above how the “good works” listed by those Jesus refers to as, “ye that work iniquity,” does not save them. All you need to do to experience the salvation of the Lord is believe. In Christ, you are made righteous. You are loved of God. He will never turn you away. Just as all of mankind was in Adam, and subsequently in sin, so now, all of mankind is in Jesus Christ, and subsequently made righteous.

Many don’t realize that after Jesus rose from the dead He was still a man. He had a resurrected body, but, still a man. I am not trying to diminish who He is. He was  the son of God before the incarnation. He was the son of God during His life on earth, and when He rose from the dead. However, when he was incarnated he also became man.

Everything is held together in Christ. (Colossians 1:17) That means that whatever happens to Him, happens to the creation; including us, mankind. And right now there is a Man/God seated at the right hand of the Father. Scripture says..

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus..(Ephesians 2:6)

You can trust in God. He has made us all safe through his Son, the God-Man. Simply believe in Him. He is trustworthy.