For our Names of Jesus Word of the Week, Pastor Nathanael Mayhew digs into the name Lamb. Possibly the most familiar and clear description of this name for Jesus is found in the words of John the Baptist at the very start of Jesus' ministry when he pointed to Jesus and said: "Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:29). This picture of Jesus was rooted in the Old Testament and is found in Isaih 53:7 ("He was led as a Lamb to the slaughter") and Exodus 12 where the Passover was instituted. That passover lamb, which was killed pointed ahead to Jesus and the shedding of His blood on the cross. Peter even calls Jesus our "Passover Lamb" whose blood cleanses us from sin (1 Peter 1:19). Finally the Book of Revelation refers to Jesus as a Lamb 27 times describing Him as having been slain, but living and worthy to receive honor and glory and power. Yes, Jesus is the very Lamb of God, and what a fitting name it is!
August 6, 2018