|The Lamb of God|
Our Bible Study taught by Linda, has been centered around the types and shadows in the Old Testament and the celebrations of Pass Over and feasts of harvest. The illustrations we view there will bring us to understand Christ and His sufferings, death and triumphant victory over death. I took notes and present a digested message.
The Children of Israel were commanded to keep these feasts and each year to celebrate how God delivered them from
and brought them to the “Promised Land.” Egypt
God promised to send His Angel to fight the enemy that was in possession of the Land. Exodus 23:23 For My angel will go before you and bring you in to the land of the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hivites and the Jebusites; and I will completely destroy them.
The Israelites were under the Old Covenant (Law), and we are under the New Covenant.
Under the old Covenant, they celebrated the First fruits of the harvest, by crushing the wheat. This crushing represented obedience. Oil was poured on the crushed grain symbolizing the Holy Spirit. In Unity they waved the sheaves of grain showing praise and thankfulness. Finally they sacrificed an innocent pure lamb, roasting it until it was well done, and eating it during the feast.
Jesus Christ was the Lamb of God meant for The New Covenant. He was crushed during the time of His crucifixion. His blood was shed for our sins and his death put an end to the old covenant, bringing in the New Reign of our King and the order of the Holy Spirit. John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming unto him and said, Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.
John 1:33: And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said to me, On whom you shall see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizes with the Holy Ghost.
Matt 27:26 The authorities whipped Jesus unmercifully, shoved a crown of thorns on his head, made fun of him, mocking him and nailing him to a cross.
(The grinding of the wheat is a picture of Jesus who was crushed for our sins.)
Jesus died on the cross, but God raised Him up on the third day.
Ephesians 1:19-22 - - and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
The time difference in the Old Testament was the ceremony to wave the sheaf, sacrificed the meat offering, unleavened bread, the corn and counting of the days.
This was the expediential revelation of the future Lamb of God who volunteered to die in order to save us from our sins. and offer us eternal life.
Our teacher had prepared for each of us as students, a sheave of wheat for us to wave, a cup of grape juice, a slice of wheat bread, and small bits of roasted lamb on skewers for us to sample as we thought on the symbolic picture of Jesus the Lamb of God.
The leaven is an example of sin, and the unleavened bread illustrated Jesus as innocent and without sin. The grape juice demonstrates the blood of Jesus shed for us.
We as Christians celebrate the Lords supper, or communion in remembrance of Jesus’ torn body, and his shed blood for our salvation.
When Jesus appeared to Mary she reached out to touch him, but He said, “Touch me not, because I must first ascend to my Father. Jesus needed to present his blood to His Father and place it upon the Mercy Seat in Heaven to complete His resurrection.
The door of salvation was opened when the stone was rolled away; and the fullness of time has come bringing Joy unspeakable and full of Glory.