All this week we have traced the Lamb of God from Genesis to the death of Jesus, the Lamb of God. Jesus died on the cross between two thieves. The thieves had the same choices Cain and Abel had. To trust God or not. One thief went the way of Cain and died in his sin. The other trusted Jesus and was saved.
And on the third day, He rose from the dead! The Resurrection of Jesus is one of the most well documented events in all of recorded history. Many scholarly men have set about to disprove it, only to come away believers. Every other religion’s leader is dead and in the grave. Jesus is alive. God raised him from the dead.
Jesus was seen by over 500 people after he was Resurrected. When his time on Earth was done, Jesus rose into the sky and disappeared in the clouds. The angel spoke to those watching and told them, “This same Jesus you see leaving will one day return in the same manner.”
It’s not over. Jesus is coming back.
When Jesus partook of the last supper, he told his disciples to take the bread and wine often in remembrance of him. We no longer look back to remember the passover in Egypt. We remember the REAL Passover lamb, Jesus. And remember, God always gives us something to look forward to. Oh, the Lamb’s story is far from over. Yes, Jesus is coming back for us one day and we are told to be watching and waiting. Be ready.
That’s not all….John had a vision and wrote down what he saw. It’s called the Book of Revelation. It foretold the future in words he didn’t quite understand, yet still he wrote them for us. To begin, he explains how he got there and what he saw and then he says there was as scroll and no one in heaven or on earth was worthy to open he scroll……
Revelation Chapter 5
4 I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. 5 Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”
6 Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. ……. 9 And they sang a new song, saying:
“You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
and with your blood you purchased for God
persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
and they will reign on the earth.”
From the beginning of our story in Genesis, we learned that God always gives man something to do and something to look forward to. Today, we have something to do: believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shall be saved and your household. And we have something to look forward to: Jesus is coming back.
How does the story end? Well, do you remember the story about Adam lowering himself to his bride, after she sinned, so that he could save her? Jesus Christ lowered himself and became a man to die for our sin, so that He could come back for a bride without spot or wrinkle.
Revelation 21:9 “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
Revelation 21:22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. 26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. 27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
And this is how the story begins.
New heaven and New Earth