Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday, March 9, 2014
JOH 6:14-15, When therefore the people saw the sign which He had performed, they said, “This is of a truth the Prophet who is to come into the world.” Jesus therefore perceiving that they were intending to come and take Him by force, to make Him king, withdrew again to the mountain by Himself alone.
They want one who will solve all of their problems and make this world a better place to live.
They want one who will do everything for them and make no demands upon them.
LUK 14:26-27, “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate [miseo – love less] his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.
If you’re not willing to leave father and mother and everything in this world, if you’re not willing to take up your cross, you’re not worthy to be His disciple.
For Him to deny someone is two-fold; For believers, it is to deny them blessings at the bema seat or judgement seat of Christ (1CO 3:11-15; 2TI 2:11-13), for unbelievers, it is to deny them eternal salvation; MAT 7:22-23.
Well‑meaning family members can be your worst enemies.
If you prefer father or mother over me, you don’t deserve me. If you prefer son or daughter over me, you don’t deserve me.
If you don’t go all the way with me, through thick and thin, you don’t deserve me.
If your first concern is to look after yourself, you’ll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you’ll find both yourself and me.
To be a follower or disciple of Christ will cost you your life…everything.
2CO 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.
2CO 9:15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
ROM 8:32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?
It’s a cheap price to pay for all that He has done for us.
For the believer who understands this, in reality, it’s not even considered a price to pay but a reponse of gratitude and thankfulness.
All our Lord demands is repentance, meaning a change of our mental attitude, not about sin, but about our scale of values and our commitments.
He demands a recognition and acknowlededgement of our sin, not asking Him to pay for them, because He has already paid for them once and for all, but telling Him that we acknowlege our sin and are in agreement with Him.
HEB 10:10 By His will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
HEB 10:14 For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.
HEB 8:12 For I will be merciful to their iniquities, And I will remember their sins no more.”
HEB 10:17 “And their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
He demands us to recognize and acknowlededge our sin, not to pay for them, but to agree with how to deal with them.
He wants us to acknowledge that there are times when our sins do separate us from Him, temporaliy, but never eternally, and then do what needs to be done to get us back in fellowship with Him.
HAB 1:13 Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look upon sin or iniquity:
AMO 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
The Lord wants us to homologeo (1JO 1:9 – confess or simply acknowledge), that we agree with the fact that SOMETIMES certain sins separate us from our fellowship with Him.
Not so that we can be forgiven but so that we can recognize that we have already been forgiven of them and we know that we have.
To realize that our sins have not only been paid for, but to be in agreement of how it affects our relationship with Him.
He wants us all to have and a hunger for forgiveness.
If you’ll receive Jesus Christ on His terms by faith and repentance, you’ll know that our Lord “The Soul Satisfier” will meet every need of your life met because that’s the way He is.
We should be occupied with the Lamb of God Who took away the sins of the world and not be ocuppied with what other people think.
1. In Gen 4, there is the ACCOUNT of Abel and his lamb with emphasis is upon the necessity of the Lamb.
The friut of the ground was what man could produce or human good or human works.
Abel’s offering contained the blood of a lamb which spoke of the Lord Jesus Christ who in JOH 1:29 was called the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
Cain brought an outwardly beautiful offering but one that was a bloodless offering and it was in disobedience to God’s instructions.
Cain’s offering had in it nothing of confessed sin of a need for propitiation which means to satisfy God the Father by means of a blood offering.
2. In Gen 22, there was the PROVISION of the lamb or the incident in which Abraham offers a lamb in place of Isaac.
In this incident the emphasis is not on the necessity of the lamb but upon God’s PROVISION of the Lamb Who would take away the sins of the world.
The spiritual principle or lesson is that God would provide Himself the lamb.
In a moment Abraham sees a ram and offers the ram instead of Isaac – God had indeed provided the lamb.
Abraham was so impressed He named the place Jehovah Jireh which means “Jehovah will provide.”
The emphasis here is NOT upon propitiation (like Gen 4) but upon SUBSTITUTION.
3. In Exo 12, there is the passover lamb or the lamb slain on the night before the Exodus or the exit of the Jews from Egypt.
This signifies the freedom God’s people now enjoy from the world system or the cosmos [Egypt] because of the sacrificial lamb.
In Exo 12, the emphasis is on the SLAYING of the lamb.
There had to be one lamb for each family and it had to be a male of the first year without blemish.
ACT 16:31 “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved, YOU and YOUR HOUSEHOLD.”
Even though the lamb was without blemish it was of no efficacious value while it was alive.
It had to be slain and the blood had to be sprinkled upon the Hebrew dwelling place.
LUK 23:46, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into Thy hands I commit My spirit.” And having said this, He breathed His last.
The blood in the book of Exodus covered the household from the destroying death angel that was going to PASSOVER the household with blood.
Because the lamb was slain, there was divine protection.
The sprinkled blood protected the household from the angel of death.
4. In Lev 16, the book of Leviticus is filled with instructions about the sacrifices which were to be offered.
All the way through the book of Leviticus the emphasis is upon the character of the lamb.
About 20 times we are told that the Lord’s offering must be without blemish.
LEV 22:21 = the lamb should be prefect to be accepted.
5. In Isa 53 we have the fifth of these lamb passages, where we are told the lamb would be a person, ISA 53:6-8.
Up to this point the lamb has been an animal but now for the first time we learn that the lamb God provided for us is a person.
He was wounded us for our transgressions because Jehovah has laid on him the iniquity of us all … He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter.
6. Then next, in JOH 1:29, our sixth passage on the lamb, the lamb is identified as the Lord Jesus Christ.
The emphasis in Joh 1 was upon the Lamb completely removing our sins from us.
7. Then in Acts 8, Philip explained to the Ethiopian that the lamb of God is Jesus Christ and that the lamb is further identified as the promised Christ, the Son of God.
What the Ethiopian had failed to find in Jerusalem in the law, in the temple in the ceremonials, he now found in Jesus Christ the lamb i.e., personal salvation.
8. The resurrection of the slain lamb which was something never really disclosed in O.T. times.
That the lamb should die is foretold again and again but nowhere is his resurrection predicted
In 1PE 1:18-21 the emphasis is upon redemption through the lamb.
You were redeemed, with precious blood, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot, even the blood of Christ.
9. In Rev 5, the lamb is now in the throne of heaven, the very throne of the universe.
10. In REV 21:22 – the final picture of the lamb is that of His everlasting kingship.
In Gen 4, the necessity of the Lamb. Gen 22, Abraham reveals the provision of the lamb.Exodus reveals the slaying of the lamb.Leviticus – the perfection of the lamb Isa 53 reveals the character of the lamb.
Joh 1, – the identification of the lamb. Act 8 = the Christ-hood of the lamb. 1Pe 1 – the resurrection of the lamb. Rev 5 – the enthronement of the lamb. Rev 21,22 – the endless kingship of the lamb.
In the case of Abel, we are told simply that lamb was offered as a propitiation for sin.
In the Abraham and Isaac incident the lamb was offered in the place of one person, namely Isaac.
In the Exodus passage, in the case of the passover, each family must have its own lamb.
In the book of Leviticus on the day of atonement we see the lamb for one nation and it was to be without defect.
In Isa 53, we have a great picture of the suffering lamb, the Messiah.
In Joh 1, we have the identification of the Lamb.
In Acts 8 He is the lamb for each individual, not for the Jew only, but also for the dark-skinned gentile Ethiopian.
In 1Pe 1 it is the lamb foreordained from before the foundation of the world.
In Rev 5, we see the lamb is enthroned for the universe.
In Rev 21 and 22 where He reigns in endless glory in the new heaven and new earth, we see the Lamb for all eternity.
The lamb for sin. The lamb for one person. The perfection of the lamb. The lamb for one nation. The lamb for all the elect.
The lamb for the world. The lamb for whosoever. The lamb for all of history. The lamb for the whole universe. The lamb for all eternity.