Behold the Lamb

Final words,

“It is finished.”

Trembling, creation holds its breath as His heart gently thumps one last time. His gasping chest has ceased to demand air. No more utterances or whispers from his parched and swollen mouth. Dried and crusted blood stain the ground below.

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Silence.

All of creation had waited, anticipated this moment when those words would be spoken… that heart would make one final beat… it had been set into motion thousands of years before.

With those words…

It is finished,”

sin had been conquered,
the wrath of God satisfied.

Christ had taken on himself…for all mankind…the penalty that he did not deserve.

Creation had waited for this triumph.

Thousands of years earlier, Abraham, took his son, Isaac, his one and only son to the place where he would offer Isaac as a sacrifice in obedience to God. Questioned by his son with these words, ”the fire and wood are here, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham responds,”God himself will provide the lamb for the bunt offering.” And God did provide a sacrifice and blessed Abraham for his willingness to obey at any cost. Isaac was spared. But there would come a Lamb who would not be spared. There would come the Son of God, the only Son of God, whom He loved who would give up His life. There would be no stopping this sacrifice…God’s hand did not stop the slaughter of the innocent, God’s loving hand for His children allowed His only son to be the atonement for our sins.

Standing in the Jordan River, John, dripping wet from baptizing those who had heeded his message, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is near,” looks up and sees Jesus coming closer. John’s entire life, the very purpose of his days had been to prepare the people for the one he announces as he comes closer to that river. Jesus had come, out of obedience to the Father, to be baptized by John and as He drew close, John exclaims,  “Behold, the Lamb of God!”

And now the Lamb of God lies still. Since sin entered the world, there had been preparation for this day, they had been watching, waiting and now the Lamb had come and He gave Himself fully upon that cross. He breathed His last –

But death cannot hold him.

The cross is victory over sin and death.

A cold, ravaged body – lifeless.

Creation holds it’s breath. The heart begins to beat. Air fills the once gasping lungs. Strong legs and arms move without hindrance. The voice powerful enough to speak stars into existence cannot be quieted. God himself provided the lamb of sacrifice, which was slain and has now…

RISEN!

Death had been conquered!

Silence will be no more, all of creation, that has waited and watched…beyond that final breath, beyond that final heart beat….beyond the magnificent words, “It is finished,” beyond the empty grave…there is coming a day when the Lamb will return as the final curtain is drawn…creation will burst forth in glorious song,

From Genesis to John to Revelation there is the proclamation of the Gospel message – the message of the cross, the message of the Lamb of God who was slain to take away the sins of the world.

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”…”To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, forever and ever!” Rev. 5:12, 13.

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