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Behold The Lamb

John 1:36 ‘and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”

Have you ever discovered something so wonderful that you could not enjoy it unless you shared your experience of it? A great tasting food? An amazing location? A beautiful vista?

Something is not truly enjoyed until it is praised. As much as that is the case with simple pleasures in life. It is even more so the case with the one who is Joy himself. When you discover who Jesus is you cannot help but tell people to behold his beauty. We praise what we enjoy. We will only say “Behold” to others only after our hearts truly say, “I enjoy.”

If you read the Gospel of John we go from very impersonal and philosophical language to very personal, physical and tangible language. John 1:14 says “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” Late on in that same chapter. John the Baptist encounters Jesus and discovers that Jesus is not simply his cousin. He is no mere great teacher. He looks at Jesus and says, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”

John the Baptist is telling us that Jesus is not just a Truth Teller (the Word), but also the Sin Bearer (a Priest). Jesus is called the lamb of God because it is an image that evokes thousands of years. And every story of a lamb dying instead of us in the Old Testament from Isaac’s lamb to Moses’ passover lamb is a beautiful picture of the Great Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

Jesus is our great high priest whoever lives to pray and plead for us in front of the just and loving God. Right now Jesus is praying for you. Let this knowledge melt us and transform us. He ever lives to and pleads for us.

Reflect on these beautiful lyrics.

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect Plea
A great High Priest whose name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me

My name is graven on His hands
My name is written on His heart
I know that while in Heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart
No tongue can bid me thence depart

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