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by: Bishop Samuel Smith

John the Baptist made a dramatic impact upon his day and time to say the least. He was chosen of God to be a "Voice in the wilderness" crying out, ". . . Prepare ye the way of the Lord." (Isaiah 40:3)

Another John, who later became known as the "beloved Apostle", was eternally impressed when he heard John the Baptist describe Jesus, "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." (St. John 1:29) The importance of prophecy was not lost on the future Apostle. It was common knowledge that when Abraham was moments away from offering Isaac as a sacrifice, he continued to believe that God would give him a substitute. Abraham said, "God will provide himself a lamb . . ." (Genesis 22:8) Indeed a lamb was provided to take Isaac's place.

The Bible plainly states, "the wages of sin is death," and "all have sinned, and fallen short of the glory of God." The disobedient creation of God, "Adam's race," is under a death sentence! But, don't despair! "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." The Lamb introduced by John the Baptist has come to die in the stead of sinners. That by his death, they might live and be saved! With this in mind, the Apostle John wrote, "Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us . . ." (I John 3:16) With regards to the salvation of fallen mankind, God has provided "himself" a Lamb!

The account of John the Apostle, when banished to lonely Patmos, has thrilled Christian multitudes from its origin to this moment. John saw the Revelation of the Ages unfold before his eyes! Anointed by the Holy Spirit he picked up his pen and wrote what was revealed to him. Bible students note the accuracy of the fulfillment of his prophecy to date and watch in amazement as events continue to fall in place exactly like John foresaw. It is with mounting interest, we read in the chapters of Revelation: "the rapture of the church:" "the emergence of the Beast and his mark, 666," "the Battle of Armageddon," and the "Final Judgment." While we are enthralled by these future events, and rightfully so, let us not overlook how John describes the main subject and central figure, Jesus Christ. John said, "And I beheld, . . . a Lamb as it had been slain." (Revelation 5:6) Needless to say, there would be no victory over sin, no church redeemed, and no heaven to go to, had it not been for the Lamb slain, Jesus Christ!

It was for this cause that Jesus came into the world! ". . . and without shedding of blood there is no remission." (Hebrews 9:22) He chose the sacrificial altar of cruel Calvary rather than the premature throne offered by the Devil on the Mount of Temptation, that would have aborted the redemption of lost souls. Where there is no cross, there is no crown! Where there is no blood, there is no salvation! The Lamb of God suffered the cross and shed his blood that we might be saved and inherit a crown.

Jesus Christ is many things to many people. According to the Old Testament prophet Isaiah, he is the "Wonderful Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6)

In the New Testament he is called; the bread of life, the true vine, the way, Alpha and Omega, along with many other adjectives that space does not permit us to mention. All these are true, but would be null and void if He were not first of all, the Lamb of God.

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