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Summary: In this message we will discover the beauty and power of Jesus being 'The Lamb Of God' - by unpacking 6 phrases that we find in Scripture... "Where Is The Lamb?" "Slaughter The Lamb" "Behold The Lamb" Worthy Is the Lamb"...

The Lamb Of God

Good morning and welcome to week 5 of our series, ‘Name Above All Names…’

A series of conversations where we are unpacking several of the names and titles given to Jesus in Scripture, in an effort to know better the one we have chosen to follow.

AND LISTEN – here’s the deal… What Jesus passionately prayed in the garden on the night of His arrest is true…

Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. – John 17:3

AND REMEMBER B/S - Eternal life = not just quantity (as in forever) but also quality (as in life in all its fullness, as in living a life of shalom… a flourishing life of completeness and wholeness… with nothing missing)…

NOW SO FAR – we have unpacked the following titles,

MGCC - Jesus is…

• The Word become flesh

• Mighty God, Immanuel

• The Prince of Peace

• The Good Shepherd

AND LISTEN…

IF – all of those titles are true about Jesus (and they are)…

AND IF – you really see and believe them (and you should)…

THEN – it changes everything, YOUR…

Perspective, purpose, focus, confidence, hope, life…

NOW – the title that we are going to unpack this morning is found in the first chapter of John’s Gospel…

Let me pray us into our study…

Prayer

We will begin at John 1:14

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”

Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.”

They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” He answered, “No.” Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”

Man, I so love John’s response…

John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’”

What do I say about myself?

I say about myself whatever God says about me…

Now the Pharisees who had been sent questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”

“I baptize with water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.”

This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”

I myself did not know him,

but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”

Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him.

And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’

I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.” John’s Disciples Follow Jesus The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” – John 1:15-36

May God bless the reading of His alive, active and inspired Word.

MGCC – Jesus is the lamb of God.

QUESTION…

What does this title mean?

AND WHAT – images do you think flashed through minds of those who were standing with John the Baptist along the banks of the Jordan River that day?

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