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Behold The Lamb Series – Sermon #5
BEHOLD THE LAMN PRESENTED
Intro: Before this world
was ever formed, God had been working toward a specific moment in time. Every event in the creation; in the early
days of the world; and in the history of the nation of
see, when man sinned in the Garden of Eden and fell into the awful clutches of
sin, it did not catch God by surprise.
In fact, God had already devised a plan whereby sin might be taken care
of, even before sin became a reality.
This plan centered around One called the Lamb of God. This Lamb was promised to Adam and Eve just
after they sinned, Gen. 3:15. This Lamb was prepared through the miracle of
the virgin birth. This Lamb was provided
when He was born in
It may be that the Lord just wants to encourage His children this morning. It may be that He wants to draw a wayward son or daughter home to Him today. It may be that He wants to speak to your heart and draw you to Himself in salvation. I do not know what the Lord intends to accomplish through this message, but I know He wants to do something eternal. Let’s hear what He has to say as we look at the subject Behold The Lamb Presented.
A. The Reality Of This Tragedy – The very phrases employed in these verses drive home the brutal nature of the death of Jesus Christ. Notice: “offering of the body of Jesus Christ,” v. 10; “sacrifice for sins,” v. 12. When the Lamb of God was presented as the perfect offering for sin, it was not some antiseptic, sanitary event. The death of the Lamb of God was horrible and brutal beyond belief.
Even a quick survey of the Bible bears out that fact.
1. Betrayed by Judas and deserted by the disciples - Matt. 26:47-56
2. Beaten by the
3. Rejected by the very people He came to save - Matt. 27:17-25; John 1:11
4. Scourged - Matt. 27:26 (
5. Mocked by the soldiers and crowned with thorns - Matt. 27:26-29
6. Beard plucked from His face - Isa. 50:6
7. Stripped Naked - Matt. 27:35
8. Crucified - Nailed to a cross and hung up to die - Matt. 27:35
9. Absolutely marred beyond belief - Isa. 50:14
The left foot is pressed backward against the right foot, and with both feet extended, toes down, a nail is driven through the arch of each, leaving the knees flexed. The victim is now crucified. As he slowly sags down with more weight on the nails in the wrists, excruciating, fiery pain shoots along the fingers and up the arms to explode in the brain—the nails in the wrists are putting pressure on the median nerves. As he pushes himself upward to avoid this stretching torment, he places the full weight on the nail through his feet. Again he feels the searing agony of the nail tearing through the nerves between the bones of his feet.
As the arms fatigue, cramps sweep through the muscles, knotting them in deep, relentless, throbbing pain. With these cramps comes the inability to push himself upward to breathe. Air can be drawn into the lungs but not exhaled. He fights to raise himself in order to get even one small breath. Finally carbon dioxide builds up in the lungs and in the blood stream, and the cramps partially subside. Spasmodically he is able to push himself upward to exhale and bring in life-giving oxygen. H
Hours of this limitless pain, cycles of twisting, joint-rending cramps, intermittent partial asphyxiation, searing pain as tissue is torn from his lacerated back as he moves up and down against the rough timber. Then another agony begins: a deep, crushing pain deep in the chest as the pericardium slowly fills with serum and begins to compress the heart.
It is now almost over—the loss of tissue fluids has reached a critical level—the compressed heart is struggling to pump heavy, thick, sluggish blood into the tissues—the tortured lungs are making a frantic effort to gasp in small gulps of air.
He can feel the chill of death creeping through is tissues. . . Finally he can allow his body to die.
All this the Bible records with the simple words, “And they crucified Him.” (Mark 15:24). What wondrous love is this?”
The Reason For This Tragedy
– Again, the words of our text tell us why this horrible event had to take
place. “By the which will we are
sanctified,” v. 10; “one
sacrifice for sins forever,” v.
12. These two phrases make the point
that Jesus was not dying for Himself, He was dying for others. You see, “the wages of sin is death,”
Rom. 6:23. The Bible also says, “The soul that sinneth, it shall
die,” Eze. 18:4. When Jesus died, He died without sin, 1 Pet. 2:22; but He was dying for sin, 2 Cor. 5:21, “For Christ also hath once
suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God,
being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:,” 1 Peter 3:18. When Jesus died on that cross and endured
that horrible, brutal, painful death, He was not dying for Himself. He was laying down His life for you and for
me. He did what He did for you – John 15:13! The word “offering,” v. 10, 14, means “present or gift.” When Jesus Christ went to the cross of
Calvary and died there, He did so to give lost people the greatest possible
gift: The gift of His love manifested through His death,
“You will need to get up early every morning and fix your husband a hot breakfast—pancakes, bacon and eggs, the works. He’ll need a home-cooked lunch every day, and then an old-fashioned meat-and-potato dinner every evening. It would be especially helpful if you could bake frequently. Cakes, pies, homemade bread—these are the things that will allow your husband to live.
“One more thing. His immune system is weak, so it’s important that your home be kept spotless at all times. Do you have any questions?” The wife had none.
“Do you want to break the news, or shall I?” asked the doctor.
“I will,” the wife replied.
She walked into the exam room. The husband, sensing the seriousness of his illness, asked her, “It’s bad, isn’t it?”
She nodded, tears welling up in her eyes. “What’s going to happen to me?” he asked. With a sob, the wife blurted out, “The doctor says you’re gonna die!”)
young GI crept up to one of the chaplains. “I’ve lost my life jacket,” he said.
“Take this,” the chaplain said, handing the soldier his jacket. Before the ship
sank, each chaplain gave his life jacket to another man. The heroic chaplains
then linked arms and lifted their voices in prayer as the
Thank God, Jesus Christ did not hold back, but willing gave His all on the cross so that we might be saved from our sins! As the song writer said, “He did it all for me!”
II. v. 10-14 THE TESTIMONY OF THE LAMB’S PRESENTATION
A. v. 10 A Testimony Of Conversion – The word “sanctified” means “to be holy; to be dedicated to God.” The idea here is that through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross and through the shedding of His precious blood; all those who trust Him by faith are made holy. Now, if you know anything about the Bible, you will know that we are anything but holy when we enter this world, Rom. 3:10, 23; Eph. 2:1-3.
Thank God, there is power in the blood of the Lamb! There is power to save the lost soul, 1 Pet. 1:18-19. There is power to transform the lost sinner into a redeemed saint of God, 2 Cor. 5:17. There is power to bring about an instant, complete and eternal transformation in the life of the person who comes to Jesus for salvation! Thank God for His converting power!
v. 11-12 A Testimony Of Conquest – As verse 11 tells us, for thousands of years, on the Day of Atonement,
the Jewish priests had offered blood sacrifices to atone for the sins of
When Jesus died on the cross everything changed! He offered Himself one time on that cross and when He did, He shed pure, innocent blood and He forever satisfied the demands of God for sin, 1 John 2:2; Rom. 3:25-26. In other words, Jesus accomplished in His death what the deaths of millions of animals had failed to do: He finally and fully paid for sin for all who will trust Him for salvation!
Now, no one has to die in their sins! Anyone who will trust Jesus by faith can be saved from their sins, and can be liberated from sins power and penalty, Rom, 10:13; John 6:47.
v. 14 A Testimony Of Completion – The phrase, “perfected
for ever them that are sanctified,” is a statement of completion! The death of Christ guarantees salvation to
all those who come to Jesus by faith.
When a sinner responds to the Gospel message and embraces Jesus Christ
as Lord and Savior, that person is made complete and whole in Jesus. They are no longer seen as a sinner, but as a
saint of God. Their sins are washed away
and they are given the perfect righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ,
Not only does the death of Jesus bring about salvation from sin, it also guarantees all those who trust Him eternal life. One of the greatest truths in the New Testament is the truth that those who are saved by the grace of God enjoy His eternal security! The words “for ever” bear this out! Those who are saved need never fear being lost again, 1 Pet. 1:5; John 10:28; Phil. 1:6.
III. v. 12-13 THE TRIUMPH OF THE LAMB’S PRESENTATION
A. v. 12 The Triumph Of His Resurrection – This is an interesting verses. It moves directly from picturing Jesus on the cross to showing Him seated at the right have of God. Between these the cross and the crown is a monumental event called the resurrection. You see, Jesus died on the cross, but He did not stay dead! He arose from the dead to secure eternal life for all those who believe in Him. His death paid for our sins, but His resurrection gives life to all those who trust Him, John 11:25-26. Thank God, because He lives, we can live also!
v. 13 The Triumph Of His Reigning – We are told that the risen
Lamb sits at the right hand of God in heaven; waiting for the day when His
enemies will be defeated. I don’t know
if you know it or not, but Jesus is special!
He died on the cross; He rose from the dead and He will reign throughout
eternity because He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Rev. 17:14. In fact, one day, every knee will bow to Him
and every tongue will confess Him as
Conc: The Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, was sent into this world for you. He was born for you; He lived for you; and He died for you! He did everything He did so that you might be liberated from your sins and have the hope of a home in Heaven when you die. He gave Himself willingly to death so that you might taste life. Not just any life, but eternal, everlasting, new, heavenly life. He presented Himself for you, the question is, have you presented yourself to Him?
Jesus wants to save you, and He will, if you will receive Him by faith. Would you like to be saved? Would you like to be sure of a home in Heaven when you die? Would you like to become a child of God? If He is speaking to your heart and calling you to come to Him, then come! Come today while there is still time. Come while He is near and while He is calling you.