To be our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ must be not only the Lamb of God, but He must be the perfect or spotless Lamb who was slain from the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:8). Jesus was that perfect Lamb.
When Satan attacks, God hedges in His children. He protects our faith in very sweet and gentle ways.
The doctrine of the perfection of the Lamb was recently, beautifully presented by a pastor in a small Pentecostal Church in a rural setting. The beauty of the message was appropriate for kings or noblemen although only a small number of common folk were there to hear. The speaker spoke of how Christ, whose visage was marred beyond recognition, was able to be offered, a Lamb without spot or blemish as payment once and for all for our sins. Only a perfect and sinless Person is able to become such a Sacrifice. Those who want to deny that Christ is the Divine Son of God, are also denying the power of His precious blood. We are told in Hebrews:
And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation. Hebrews 9:27-28
When we look on the cross and identify with Christ, accepting His sacrifice for our sin, we are cleansed by His precious blood. At the time of the crucifixion, a Roman soldier cast a spear into Jesus’ side. When he did this, blood and water flowed from that wound. It was Passover, if you remember, and this happened because Jesus was the Passover Lamb. Only the blood can cleanse us from the sin stain that we each bear. By accepting this atoning sacrifice, we are joined with Him in death. He has become our safety, our Passover. (For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. 1 Cor. 5:7) Someday we will be raised with Him in newness of life.
It still amazes me to hear an unknown man in a small rural setting, speak, moved by the Holy Spirit of God, and the message is the message that God has spoken to so many down through the ages. This is the moving of the Holy Spirit of an Almighty God, but it shouldn’t because it is the Holy Spirit who works in those who know Him. We remember that Jesus said:
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you. John 16:13-15
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