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Jesus Christ is referred to as ‘Lamb of God’ twice in chapter 1 of John’s Gospel (ch1:29. 36). The Bible has many references to Christ being the Lamb. Isaiah 53:7 compares the Messiah to a lamb going to be slaughtered. John the Baptist called Jesus the “Lamb of God” (John 1:29). Paul called Christ the “Passover Lamb” in I Corinthians 5:7. Peter spoke of Christ has a Lamb without blemish and spot in I Peter 1:18-19. Finally, the book of Revelation explicitly calls Christ “the Lamb” 30 times.

 The image of the lamb that comes to our mind is that to gentleness, helpless, friendly and innocent. All these characters are seen in our Lord. He was silent—that speaks of His gentleness, He was ‘without blemish and spot—that tells of his purity and innocence. Moreover as the Passover lamb in Exodus that was needed to bring the Israelites out of bondage and slavery, we who were under Satan’s yoke, in slavery of sin, have been set free by the blood of the Lamb.

Christ as the Lamb is eligible to take away the sins of the whole world and to bring judgment upon this whole world on His coming.

Hallelujah what a Savior!

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The Greek word for ‘dwelt’ is the same Hebrew word ‘Shekinah’, which denotes Glory of God. God intended to dwell with the Israelites, He gave them a tabernacle. A cloud covered the door of the tabernacle whenever the Lord spoke with Moses (Exodus 33:9-11). In the tent of meeting God’s glory is seen (Exo.40:37-38). When Solomon built the temple, God’s glory came down (1 Kings 8:10, 11), and during the time of Ezekiel, we see the Glory departing (Eze.11:22, 23). When Judah came back from exile and built the temple, God’s glory did not return. The Jews lived in expectation that the Glory of God will come. This glory returned in the presence of Jesus. The abiding presence of God in the OT is the Glorious presence of Christ in the NT.

Jesus revealed God’s glory to His people. He came in the form of human flesh and dwelt among us. But we see that they did not accept Him.

Jesus who was ‘with God’ (John 1:1), now dwells among men, and lives in the hearts of those who accept Him.

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