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Behold, The Lamb Of God

Isaiah 49:1-7
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
John 1:29-42
Psalm 40:1-12

David cries out, “For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.”  He also says, “I speak of your faithfulness and salvation.”

Even as David sank deep into the sins of adultery and murder, failing God on a grand scale, he never doubted God’s faithfulness to him.

Paul reminds the church at Corinth that God remains faithful even as we fail him.  He gives us gifts to use for good.  We must strive to do as He commands us.

We sin when we lose sight of God, of Jesus.  Sometimes we know we choose to sin and we do it anyway, but mostly we sin without realizing it.  I might say something encouraging to a friend, but he hears it as a criticism.  We live in sin.

There is no way to describe the Lamb of God without is sounding mystical.  It is not science, it cannot be proven.  I have to accept it on faith.  It is not, however, without evidence.  Millions of lives changed by accepting that faith.

When John spoke of Jesus as the Lamb of God, everyone who heard him knew that he was referring to the sacrificial lamb offered every morning and evening in the Temple as well as the Passover Lamb once a year to make them clean so they could approach God.

By accepting my sin as his own, Jesus died taking that sin to the grave.  He came out of the grave, but my sin stayed buried.  I believe that.

Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence

The Wolf and the Lamb will feed together

Isaiah 65:17-25
Psalm 98
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Luke 21:5-19

Exposition

This reading from Isaiah is an echo of the great Messianic chapter 11 and sets the tone for today’s lesson.  New life comes from the Messiah, both now and in the new world to come.

Anyone who reads all 66 chapters of Isaiah straight through has done some heavy lifting, not just because of the size of the book, but because of its poetic style, repetition, and its inability to stay on one topic.  If a modern American wrote the book, it would be thee chapters long.

Yet, Handel would have had a hard time writing the Messiah without it.  Every Old Testament book points in some way to the coming Messiah, but none do so as powerfully as Isaiah.  It is in that sense that we must consider today’s readings.

It is easy to hang up on the apocalyptic nature of both the Isaiah and Luke readings, but Jesus makes it clear that the point is more immediate.  They will build houses… plant vineyards, does not sound like my idea of heaven.  Isaiah was telling the people of the captivity that they would be able to do that after their return.  But he was also using that image to let them know what it would be like in the new life after death in this life.  The Bible is always speaking to us on both levels, now and in the future. Continue reading The Wolf and the Lamb will feed together