The last book of the Bible is called the Revelation of Jesus Christ. It is the Revelation by Jesus Christ to His servant John concerning the things which are to come. But this book is also the Revelation about Jesus Christ. In this series of messages, we are going to examine five pictures of Jesus in the book of Revelation.
At the beginning of this book of Revelation a blessing is promised for all who study it. Listen to the words of the apostle John, recorded in Revelation 1:3.
“The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw–that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.”
So there is a blessing promised as we study this Revelation of Jesus Christ. And we will also be blessed as we watch an artist capturing this message in a picture.
The picture of Jesus in the book of Revelation that we are going to examine today is Jesus as the Lamb of God. There are 30 references to the Lamb in the book of Revelation. 30! The first reference is found in Revelation chapter 5. I invite you to take a Bible and open it to the last book of the Bible, the Revelation of Jesus Christ, chapter 5. This chapter is one of the most glorious passages in all of Scripture.
What an amazing revelation given to the apostle John and also to us. Who is this Lamb described in Revelation chapter 5? We have a clue in Revelation 5:12. He is described as “the Lamb who was slain.” Having opened all of the seven seals, the Lamb appears again in Revelation 7:9-17:
In Revelation 12:11, the saints overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb. In Revelation 14:1, we read, “Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.”
In Revelation chapter 15, the redeemed sing the song of Moses and the Lamb. And in Revelation 21:27, we are told that only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life will enter the New Jerusalem. Who is this Lamb?
Revelation 17:14 tells us, “They (that is the enemies of God) will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings–and with Him will be His called, chosen and faithful followers.” And in Revelation 21:14, we discover that “the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.”
Who is the Lamb of the book of Revelation? Jesus Christ!
There are 30 references to Jesus Christ as the Lamb in the book of Revelation! Did you know that the apostle John was not the first to present Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God? Many years earlier, at the very beginning of Jesus’ ministry, John the Baptist had referred to Jesus as the Lamb of God. Jesus came to be baptized by John at the river Jordan and John the Baptist cried out, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:34. “I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.” John the Baptist also identified Jesus as the Lamb of God.
But John the Baptist was not the first to refer to Jesus as the Lamb of God. Seven hundred years earlier, the Holy Spirit had given this revelation to the prophet Isaiah. Listen to this inspired description of Messiah, recorded in Isaiah 53:4-7:
|“Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
“He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.”
That prophesy was fulfilled in the life of Jesus. Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
Fifteen hundred years before the time of the prophet Isaiah, more than 2000 years before the time of Jesus, the LORD God had promised that He would provide the lamb that was needed. The story is recorded in Genesis 22:1-14. We read in Genesis 22, beginning with verse 1,
|“Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, ‘Abraham!’
‘Here I am,’ he replied.
“Then God said, ‘Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.’
“Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants, ‘Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.’”
Notice the faith of Abraham. He didn’t understand how God would provide. But he had faith to believe that God would provide even if it meant raising Isaac from the dead. “We will come back to you,” Abraham said to the servants!
|“Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?’
‘Yes, my son?’ Abraham replied.
‘The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.’ And the two of them went on together.
When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
‘Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”
Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. (Yahweh Jireh. Jehovah Jirah.) The Lord will provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
And the LORD did provide. Not just that day, but more than 2000 years later, on that very mountain, the LORD did provide. Mount Moriah is also Mount Calvary. Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, laid down His life for the sins of the world. The LORD did provide. Hallelujah!
We see the Lamb of God promised and the Lamb of God revealed from Genesis to Revelation! How should we respond to this picture of Jesus as the Lamb of God? I want to suggest that we should respond the same way that angels responded in Revelation chapter 5; with praise, with worship.
Listen again to their testimony in Revelation 5:12-13. “In a loud voice they sang: ‘Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!’ Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: ‘To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!’ “
But I believe that we need to do more than praise and worship Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. We need to ask Jesus, the Lamb of God, to take away our sin. We need to let God provide for us personally.
And I have good news for you today: Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, wants to take away your sin! He wants to forgive you. He wants to cleanse you. He wants to provide salvation for you. Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, wants to take away your sin!
And so, I’m going to invite you to pray a simple prayer today. Some of you may have never prayed this prayer before. Others may have prayed this prayer, but I’m going to invite you to pray it again. Here it is: Jesus, Lamb of God, please take away my sin. That’s a simple prayer, isn’t it? But it is a prayer that can alter your eternal destiny.
The angel told Joseph to call Mary’s baby Jesus because He would save His people from their sins. Jesus came as the Lamb of God to take away the sins of the world. But each one has to make a personal decision to accept that gift. “Lord Jesus, Lamb of God, please take away my sin.”
Is there anyone here today, or watching via television or on our web church, or listening on the radio, and you want to say, “Lord Jesus, Lamb of God, please take away my sin”? Just raise your hand, wherever you are. Whether here on campus, or around the world? Just raise your hand. Praise the LORD! With your hand raised, will you pray with me, “Lord Jesus, Lamb of God, please take away my sin.”
Hallelujah! Some names were written in the Lamb’s book of life today! Don’t ever forget this important truth: Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, wants to take away your sin! Jesus can save you from the penalty of your sin, which is death. And He can also save you from the power of sin so that you can walk in newness of life! Hallelujah! Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, wants to take away your sin!
So let’s worship Him today. Let’s praise Him today. Let’s give Him glory today. Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Behold, the Lamb of God who has taken away your sin. Behold, the Lamb of God, who has taken away my sin.
Worthy, worthy is the Lamb.
Worthy, worthy is the Lamb that was slain.
Praise Him, Hallelujah.
Glory, Hallelujah, to the Lamb!