Sermon 2329. The Lamb Of God In Scripture
INTENDED FOR READING ON LORD'S-DAY, OCTOBER 8, 1893.
DELIVERED BY C. H. SPURGEON,
AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON, ON LORD'S-DAY EVENING, AUGUST 25, 1889.
"Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, "Behold the Lamb ofGod!" John 1:35,36.
You all know the old, old story. The world was lost. God must punish sin. He sent His Son to take our sin upon Him that Hemight honor the Law of God and establish God's government by being obedient to the Law of God and yielding Himself up to thedeath penalty. He whom Jehovah loves beyond all else came to earth, became a Man and, as a Man, was obedient unto death, eventhe death of the Cross. It is He who is called, in our text, "the Lamb of God," the one Sacrifice for man's sin. There isno putting away of sin without sacrifice-there is only one Sacrifice that can put away sin-and that is Jesus Christ, the Righteous.He is Divine, yet Human-Son of God, yet Son of Mary. He yielded up His life, "the Just for the unjust," the Sinless for thesinful, "that He might bring us to God," and reconcile us to the great Father. That is the story and whoever believes in Himshall live. Any man, the world over, who will trust himself to Christ, God's great Sacrifice, shall be saved, for this isour continual witness, "He that believes on the Son has everlasting life." "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begottenSon, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
Tonight I do not intend so much to preach a sermon as to urge those who have seen the Lamb of God to look at Him more intently,to study Him more and especially to plead for the power of the Holy Spirit to reveal Him to them. I want to entreat men whohave looked elsewhere, to now turn their eyes away from the fruitless search after peace and life, and to come and, "Beholdthe Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world." May the Spirit of God open their eyes and incline their hearts that,tonight, even tonight, they may look unto Him and live!
When John saw Jesus Christ on that memorable day, he, first of all, beheld Him, himself, and then he said to others, "Beholdthe Lamb of God." "Looking at Jesus as He walked," steadfastly beholding Him, watching Him, gazing with humble admirationat Him, he said, "Behold the Lamb of God!" Brethren, we cannot preach what we have not practiced! If these eyes have neverlooked to Jesus, how can I bid your eyes look at Him? Beholding Him, I found peace to my soul. I, who was disposed, even,to despair, rose from the depths of anguish to the heights of joy by looking unto Him! And I, therefore, dare to say to you,"Behold the Lamb of God!" Oh, that each one of you might believe our testimony concerning Jesus and look to Him and live!
What did John mean by saying, "Behold the Lamb of God"? Behold, in the Latin, "ecce," is a note of admiration, of wonderment,of exclamation. "Behold the Lamb of God!" There was nothing of greater wonder ever seen than that God, Himself, should providethe Lamb for the Burnt Offering, that He should provide His only Son out of His very bosom, that He should give the delightof His heart to die for us! Well may we behold this great wonder! Angels admire and marvel at this mystery of godliness-Godmanifest in the flesh! They have never left off wondering and adoring the Grace of God that gave Jesus to be the Sacrificefor guilty men. Behold and wonder, never leave off wondering-tell it as a wonder, think of it as a wonder, sing of it as awonder! Even in Heaven you will not cease to wonder at this glorious Lamb of
I think that John also meant his disciples to consider, when he said to them, "Behold the Lamb of God!" So we say to you,"Think of Him, study Him, know all that you can about Him, look Him up and down. He is God-do you understand that He stoodin the sinner's place? He is Man-do you know how near akin He is to you, how sympathetic He
is-a Brother born for your adversity? The Person of Christ is a great marvel-how can God and man be in one Person? It is impossiblefor us to tell. We believe what we cannot comprehend and we rejoice in what we cannot understand! He whom God has providedto be your Savior is both God and Man-He can lay His hand upon both parties. He can touch your manhood in its weakness andtouch the Godhead in its All-Sufficiency! Study Christ! The most excellent of all the sciences is the knowledge of a crucifiedSavior. He is most learned in the university of Heaven who knows most of Christ. He who has known most of Him still says thatHis love surpasses knowledge. Behold Him, then, with wonder! And behold Him with thankfulness.
But when John says, "Behold the Lamb of God!" he means more than wondering or considering. "Looking" is used in Scripturefor faith-"Look unto Me and be you saved." Therefore we sing-
"There is life for a look at the Crucified One, There is life at this moment for you!" Beholding is a steady kind of looking.Believe then, in Christ with a solid, abiding confidence. Come, you sinners, come, and trust your Savior, not for tonight,only, but forever! Believe that He is able and willing to save you and trust Him to do so-
"Venture on Him, venture wholly Let no other trust intrude."
Take your eyes off everything else and behold the Lamb of God! You need not see anything else, nothing else is worth seeing,but behold Him. See how He takes your guilt, see how He bears it, see how He sinks under it and yet rises from it, crying,"It is finished!" He gives up the ghost. He is buried. He rises again from the dead because He is accepted of God and Hisredeeming work is done. Trust Him, trust Him, trust Him! "Look and live," is now our message-not, "do and live," but, "liveand do!" If you ask how you are to live, our answer is look, trust, believe, confide, rest in Christ-and the moment you doso, you are saved!
But, once more, when John said to His disciples, "Behold the Lamb of God!" it was a hint that they should leave off lookingat John and turn their attention wholly to Jesus and follow Him. Hence we find that John's two disciples left him and becamethe disciples of Christ. Beloved, we who preach long to have your attention, but when you give your attention to us, our longing,then, is to pass it on to Christ our Lord. Look on Him and follow Him, not us! What can we do, poor creatures that we are?Look unto Him! Mark His footsteps! Walk in them. Do as He bids you! Take Him for your Lord, become His disciples, His servants.Behold the Lamb of God and always behold Him! Look to Him, look up to Him and follow where He leads the way.
Thus I have put the text before you pretty simply. Now I want to talk to you a little about beholding this Lamb of God, takinga hasty run through various Scripture references to the lamb. And I will ask you, first, to Behold the Lamb of God in Hisconnections with men. And secondly to Behold the Lamb of God in His benedictions to men.
I. Let us, first, BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD IN HIS CONNECTIONS WITH MEN.
How was the Lamb of God first seen in the world? It was the case of the lamb for one man, brought by one man for himself,and on his own behalf. You all know that I refer to Abel, who was a shepherd, and brought of the firstlings of his flock,that is, a lamb, and he brought this lamb for himself, and on his own account, that he might be accepted of God, and thathe might present to God an offering well-pleasing in His sight. Cain brought of the fruit of the ground as an offering toGod. I think that there was a difference in the sacrifice, as well as in the man bringing it, for the Holy Spirit says littleabout the difference of the man, but He says, "By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain," and hewas accepted because he brought a more excellent sacrifice. The one sacrifice was bloodless, the fruit of the ground-the otherwas typical of Christ, the Lamb of God and was, therefore, accepted. "And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering."
Now, Beloved, our first view of Christ usually is here, to know Him for ourselves. I am a sinner and I want to have communionwith my God-how shall I obtain it? I am guilty, I am sinful-how shall I draw near to the holy God? Here is the answer. Takethe Lord Jesus Christ to be yours by faith and bring Him to God! You must be accepted if you bring Christ with you! The Fathernever repelled the Son, nor one who was clothed with the Son's righteousness, or who pleaded the Son's merit. Come you, asAbel came, not with fruits of your own growing, but with the sacrifice of blood- with Christ, the Holy Victim, the spotlessLamb of God-and so coming, whoever you may be, you shall be acceptable before God by faith. Now, behold Him, each one of youfor yourself!
I know what someone will say, "I hope to do that, by-and-by." I hope you do not so deceive yourself! I have heard that therewas once a great meeting in the den of the arch-enemy and he was stirring up his lackeys to seek the destruction of men. Oneof them said, "I have gone forth and I have told men that there is no God, and no hereafter, and no difference between sinand righteousness, and that they may live as they like!" And there was considerable approbation among the evil spirits. ButSatan, himself, said, "You have done small service, for man has a conscience, and his conscience teaches him better. He knowsthat there is a God. He knows that there is a difference between sin and righteousness. He knows that there must be futurepunishment. You have done but little." Then another stood up, and said, "I have done better, I think, most Mighty Chieftain,for I have told them that the Bible is a worn-out book, that it was a fable at the first, and that they need not believe it."There was a round of cheers, for they said that he had done splendid service for the cause of darkness.
But Satan said, "It is in vain that you meddle with the old Book! It has taken care of itself and it can still do so. Thereis no shaking it, it is like a rock. You have done service for a time, but it will soon pass away." And scarcely did any ofthe fallen spirits, after that, venture to bring forward his boasting in the presence of the terrible master who sat in themidst of them. But, at last, one said, "I have told men that they have souls, and that there is a God, and that the Bibleis true. I have left them to believe as they will, but I have whispered in their ears that there is plenty of time to considerall this." Then there was a hush-and the great master of demons said, "You have done best of all. This is my great net inwhich I take more souls than with any other, this net of procrastination or delay."
Therefore say I to you, my Hearers, disappoint the fiend! Fly to Jesus. Fly to Jesus at once! Behold, not tomorrow, but tonight!Behold the Lamb of God, each man for himself!
Now turn over the pages of this grand old Book and you will find the Lamb, next, in another connection. Israel was in Egyptand there they had the lamb for the family-"In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, accordingto the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house." Oh, I wish that you would all go on to behold the Lamb of God for yourhouseholds! "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved." Why do you stop before you finish the verse? What saidthe Apostle to the trembling jailor? Not merely all that I have quoted, but more- "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and youshall be saved, and your house." Are there not many Believers who do not believe for their house? Come, now, and believe inthis provision of the Lamb for the house! Trust the Grace of God for that little girl, the last born, and for that boy whois still at school, who does not think much of these things as yet-and for that son of yours who has left home and gone outas an apprentice. Oh, that the Lamb of God might be for him! Pray for him, tonight, and you older parents, pray for your sonswho are married, and your daughters who have taken to themselves husbands and are away from you! The Lamb is for the house,pray for the whole household, tonight-take in your grandchildren, all you old folks-all of them who are in your house. Praythat the Lamb may be for the house!
I bless God that I can look upon all my household and rejoice that they are converted to Christ! My father has this joy, too!And my grandfather also had that joy! Oh, it is a great bliss to have families, generation after generation, all brought toChrist without exception! Why should it not be so? Let us cry for it! Surely we may expect the same blessing that God gaveto His chosen people under the Law and expect it more largely. Grace does not run in the blood, but Grace often runs sideby side with it, so that Abraham is loved, and Isaac, and Jacob, and Joseph, and Ephraim, and Ma-nasseh. Thus the Covenantblessing goes on from one to another. Plead with God, tonight, that all in your house may be beneath the sprinkled blood ofthe Lamb and be saved from the destroying angel-and that all with you may go out of Egypt to have a possession in the landof the promise!
A little further on, following the Scripture, and asking you to still behold the Lamb, in the 29th chapter of that famousBook of Exodus, at the 38th and 39th verses, we come across God's command for the lamb for the people-"Now this is that whichyou shall offer upon the altar; two lambs of the first year, day by day, continually. The one lamb you shall offer in themorning and the other lamb you shall offer at even." Here is the lamb for all the chosen people, the lamb for Israel! It beganwith the unit, it went on to the family and here the Lord, who "loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob,"makes His Tabernacle to be the central place where a lamb shall be offered for the whole nation! Think of it with delight,tonight, that Christ died for all His chosen people! He has redeemed them from among men. Though they are as many as the starsfor number, or as the sand on the seashore, innumerable, yet that one Sacrifice has redeemed them all! Glory be to God forthe blood of the Lamb by which the whole of Christ's people are redeemed!
Then let your mind take wing right out of the Old Testament into the New, for I have not time to trace all the successivesteps. Come now to John, saying, in the 29th verse of this chapter, "Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of theworld." Now you have gone beyond the bounds of Israel, and have come to the Lamb for the world. You have come to the Lambof God who dies for Gentiles as well as for Jews, for men in the isles of the sea, for men in the wilds of Africa, for menof every color and every race, and every time, and every clime! Oh, glory be to God, wherever there are men, we may go andtell them of Christ! Wherever there are men born of Adam's race, we may tell them of the Second Adam, to whom looking, theywho look shall live-and in Him they shall find eternal life! I love to think of the breaking down of the boundaries that shutin the flow of Grace to one nation! Behold, it flows over all Asia Minor, at first, and then over all Greece, and then toRome, and Paul talks of going to Spain and the Gospel is borne across the sea to England, and from this country it has goneout unto the utmost ends of the earth!
Well now, take your flight, if you can get beyond that, away to Heaven, itself, and there you will see the Lamb for all Heaven!Look at Revelation, the seventh chapter, and the 14th verse. No, you need not look it up, for you know it. All the saintsin Heaven are standing in their glittering ranks, white-robed, pure as the driven snow. They sing and praise one gloriousname, when one of the elders first asked the question, "What are these which are arrayed in white robes, and from where didthey come?" He, himself, gave the answer, "These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes,and made them white in the blood of the Lamb."-
"Round the altar priests confess, If their robes are white as snow, 'Twas the Savior's righteousness, And His blood that madethem so." The blood of the Lamb has whitened all the saints who are in Heaven! They sing of Him who loved them and laved [washed]them from their sins in His own blood! I have often wondered why that second word was not brought into our translation, forit so beautifully fits the language of the beloved Apostle John-"Unto Him that loved us, and laved us from our sins in Hisown blood, and has made us kings and priests unto God and His Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen."There is no whiteness in Heaven but what the Lamb has worked, no brightness there but what the Lamb has bought! Everythingthere shows the wondrous power and surpassing merit of the Lamb of God!
If it is possible to think of something more glorious than I have already described, I think you will find it in the fifthchapter of Revelation, at the 13th verse-"And every creature which is in Heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, andsuch as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power be unto Him thatsits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb forever and ever." The day shall come when, from every place that God has made, thereshall be heard the voice of praise unto the Lamb-there shall be found everywhere men and women redeemed by blood, angels andglorious spirits, rejoicing to adore Him who was, and is, and is to come, the Almighty Lamb of God!
I think I have given you something to consider if you turn over the pages of Scripture and follow the track of the bleedingLamb.
II. But now, taking you again over the same road a little, I want you, in the second place, to BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD IN HISBENEDICTIONS TO MEN.
The first blessing of all is that of Abel. He was accepted of God. He offered a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain. Wellnow, let anybody here who does not know it, try to learn this lesson tonight. You can only be "accepted in the Beloved." Godloves His Son with such an overflowing love that He has love enough for you, love enough for me-if we are in Christ Jesus.He is the great conduit or channel of God's love and that love flows through all the pipes to every soul that believes inJesus. Hide behind your Lord and you are safe! Trust His name, living and dying, and nothing can harm you. How many dear hearts,when passing through the Valley of the Shadow of Death-when grim thoughts have clustered about them-have been cheered andcomforted by the thought of Christ! Remember the monk who, as he died, put away the priest, the crucifix and everything else,and cried, "Tua vulnera, Jesu! Tua vulnera, Jesu!" "Your wounds, Jesus! Your wounds, Jesus!" I am not saved by what I cando, but by what He has done-not by what I have suffered, but by what He has endured. There hangs our everlasting hope-we trustto Christ in life and in death and we are accepted for His sake! Come, every sinner, bring the Lamb of God! Put Him on thealtar and you shall be accepted at once, and you may at once begin to praise the name of the Lord!
But then, as we go on, we find this Lamb of God useful, not only for acceptance, but also for rescue and deliverance. It isa dark and dreadful night. Egypt shivers and stands aghast. And just at midnight flies forth an angel, armed with the swordof death. In every house of Egypt there is heard a wail, for the firstborn is dead, from the firstborn of Pharaoh to the firstbornof the woman who turns the mill to grind the daily corn. Death is in every house! No, stop-there are houses wherein thereis no death! What has secured those habitations? The father took a lamb, shed its blood, dipped a bunch of hyssop in it andsmeared the lintel and the two side posts-and then all sat down and feasted, undisturbed, on the lamb-calm and happy. Theyrejoiced to have for food that lamb whose blood was the ensign of their safety. There was no crying, there, no dying there!Death could not touch the inhabitants of the house that was marked with the blood of the paschal lamb. Beloved, you and Iare perfectly safe if we are sheltered beneath the blood of the Lamb of God! Nothing can harm us, everything must bless us-andwe may go to our beds, tonight, singing-
"Sprinkled afresh with pardoning blood,
I lay me down to rest,
As in the embraces of my God,
Or on my Sa vior's breast."
We may rise tomorrow morning, if we are spared, and go into this busy world without any fear. The broad arrow of the Kingis set upon us in the blood-mark of the atoning Sacrifice, and we are safe, and safe forever. Glory be to the name of theLord for this!
Nor was that all. As I have told you, the blood of the paschal lamb was not only sprinkled for the protection of the house,but its flesh was the food of the inhabitants. Oh, Brothers and Sisters, we do not, at first, know what it is to feed on Christ!We are satisfied to be sprinkled with His blood, but the Believer, afterwards, finds that Christ is the food of his soul.His blood is drink, indeed, and His flesh is meat, indeed. Oh, what a festival have we kept over the Person of our Lord! Sometimes,when faint and hungry, we have begun to think of the Incarnate God, the bleeding Lamb, the full Atonement paid, and we havesaid, "My soul is full, satisfied with favor, full of the blessing of the Lord." I do not know what there is in the Gospelif you take away the Atoning Sacrifice. It seems to me that there would be nothing left but chaff which might suit asses andhorses, but would not be fit for men. Look to Jesus Christ dying in our place and here is something for the soul to feed upon,yes, and to be satisfied with, as with marrow and fatness!
I pointed you, a little further on, to the lamb in the wilderness, the lamb offered up every day. That brings us to anotherpoint in our Lord's work. We have had Christ for acceptance, Christ for safety, and Christ for food, now we have Christ forperpetual resort. The Lamb of God in the morning! Oh, blessed be God for a Savior in the morning! If the night has gatheredanything of evil, He does then disperse it, as the sun dispels the darkness. But oh, what a precious thing to also have theLamb of God in the evening! If in the day we have soiled our feet in traversing this busy world, here we come to the Fountainand we are made clean through the blood of the Lamb! Perpetual merit, perpetual intercession, perpetual life-giving, perpetualsalvation flow from Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God! He is not slain twice. His one wonderful offering has finished transgressionand made an end of sin, but its efficacy continues as though He were sacrificed often, always supplying us with merit, sothat, in effect, His wounds continually bleed. He is always a new Savior for me every morning, always a new Savior every nightand yet always the same Savior, the same Christ! There is no getting weary of Him, there is nothing "stale" in Him. They maytalk about "a new view of the Atonement." I have no view of the Atonement but this-"Who loved me, and gave Himself for me.""Who His own Self bore our sins in His own body on the tree." And that old view of the Atonement is always fresh and alwaysnew to the heart and conscience!
Well now, Beloved, when we again come to John, following our former run of thought, we find the Lamb of God useful for guidance,for when John said, "Behold the Lamb of God," the two disciples followed Jesus and we read of some, "These are they whichfollow the Lamb wherever He goes." The Lamb is our Guide. The Lord is a Shepherd as well as a Lamb, and the flock followingin His footsteps is safely led. My Soul, when you need to know which way to go, behold the Lamb of God! Ask, "What would Jesusdo?" Then do what Jesus would have done in such a case and you can not do amiss.
Further on we find such a passage as this, telling us of victory through the Lamb of God-"They overcame him by the blood ofthe Lamb." The Lamb is a great Warrior-there is none like He. Is He not the Lion of the tribe of Judah? Though He is gentleas a lamb, yet against sin and iniquity He is fiercer than a young lion when it roars on its prey. If we
follow Him, hold fast His Truth, believe in His Atonement and perpetually proclaim His Gospel, we shall overcome all error,all sin and all evil!
Well now, this blessed Lamb-it is not easy to leave off talking about Him when one once begins-one is so blessed that youmay well behold Him, for all happiness comes through Him. In Heaven you will see nothing without Him. "Nothing," you ask?No, nothing-here is a proof of my words. "The city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it, for the Gloryof God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof." All the light, the knowledge, the joy, the bliss of Heaven comethrough the Atoning Sacrifice of Christ! Not Jesus only, but Jesus slain, Jesus the Lamb of God is the very Light of Heaven!
And what do you think is the joy-day of Heaven, the time for the highest exultation? Why, the joyous day when all the goldenbells shall peal out their glorious melodies, and all the silver trumpets shall ring out their jubilant notes will be theday of the marriage of the Lamb! It is the Heaven of Heaven, the climax of ineffable delight!! And the voice of the greatmultitude, as the voice of many waters and as the voice of mighty thunder, sings, "Alleluia: for the Lord God Omnipotent reigns.Let us be glad and rejoice and give honor to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife has made herself ready."So that, at the topmost round of the ladder of eternal bliss, there you find the Lamb! You cannot get beyond Him. He givesyou all He has, even Himself. Behold Him, then, and go on beholding Him throughout the countless ages of eternity!
I would to God that you had all beheld Him, and I pray you to behold Him tonight. It is but a little while and the death-filmwill gather about your eyes-and if you have not seen the Lamb while yet you have mortal eyes, you will see Him, you will certainlysee Him-but your vision will be like that of Balaam. "I shall see Him, but not now: I shall behold Him, but not near." Ifit is with you, "not now," it may be, "not near." It will be an awful thing to see the Lamb with a gulf between yourself andHim, for there is a great, impassable gulf fixed in the next world-and when you see Him across that gulf, how will you feel?Then shall you cry to the mountains and rocks, "Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sits on the Throne, andfrom the wrath of the Lamb!" Jesus will still be a Lamb, even to the lost-it is "the wrath of the Lamb" that they will dread!The Lamb is always conspicuous. He may be neglected, rejected, refused tonight, but He will be beheld in eternity and beheldto your everlasting confusion and unutterable dismay if you refuse to behold Him now. Let it not be so with any of you-
"You sinners, seek His face,
Whose wrath you cannot bear!
Fly to the shelter of His Cross,
And find salvation there."
EXPOSITION BY C. H. SPURGEON: JOHN 1:1-37.
John is the majestic Evangelist. He is the high-soaring eagle with piercing eyes. His is the Gospel of the Son of God!
Verses 1-3. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginningwith God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made. We cannot describe the Deity ofChrist in clearer language than John uses. He was with God. He was God. He did the works of God, for He was the Creator. Ifany doubt His Deity, they must do so in distinct defiance of the language of Holy Scripture!
4, 5. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehendedit not. Christ is still not understood. Jesus is still not known. How should darkness understand the Light of God? It opposesthe Light of God-it has to flee before light, but it does not, it cannot understand the Light of God! O God, work a miraclein our dark hearts and fill them with the Light of Christ!
6, 7. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, thatall men through Him might believe. That is our business, too. We who are ministers sent from God bear witness of the Light,that all men through Him may believe. Oh, how often we go home and cry, "Who has believed our report?" We do not ask you tobelieve in us-no, but in our Master, whose heralds we are. If we can lead you to faith in Him, we shall be glad, indeed! But,if not, we will sorrow because we have missed our mark and failed in our purpose.
8, 9. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lights every man thatcomes into the world. If any man has saving Light, true Light, he gets it through Christ. There is no other Light-all otherlight is but darkness visible. The Light in which we see God comes from Jesus.
10. He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. Strange was it that the Creator came toHis own earth and yet He was unknown. Men mistook Him, they hated Him, they crucified Him whom they ought to have entertainedwith sacred hospitality and worshipped with holy loyalty.
11, 12. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become thesons of God, even to them that believe on His name. All men are not the sons of God! The doctrine of the universal Fatherhoodis utterly untrue! They only become the sons of God who receive Christ and believe on His name. Otherwise they are heirs ofwrath, even as others-
"To them ga ve He power to become the sons of God."
13. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. There is another birthbeside the natural one-never does the birth of the flesh make us Christians! If our ancestry should be a line of saints, yetare we born sinners-we must be born again if we are to become saints. If we could trace our pedigree to a perfect man, ifsuch there is, yet the birth by the flesh would not avail us. Sons of God are, "born, not of blood, nor of the will of theflesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."
14. And the Word was made flesh. Here was the Incarnation of Him who made all things. He that is God, "was made
14. And dwelt among us, (and we-The Apostles
14. Beheld His glory, the glory as of the Only-Begotten of the Father), full of Grace and truth. Oh, all you who would knowChrist, learn that He is worth the knowing! He is full of Grace for your sinnership and full of truth for your ignorance!He can cleanse and He can teach. There is everything in Him that you need. You shall not be deceived, for He is full of theTruth of God-you shall not be rejected, for He is full of Grace.
15-18. John bore witness of Him and cried, saying, This was He of whom I spoke, He that comes after me is preferred beforeme: for He was before me. And of His fullness have all we received, and Grace for Grace. For the Law was given by Moses, butGrace and truth came by Jesus Christ. No man has seen God at any time. He is too high, too spiritual to be perceived by humansenses.
18. The only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. What of God we need to know, we may seein Christ-enough to save us, enough to sanctify us, enough to make us all like the only-begotten Son of the Father.
19, 20. And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who are you? Andhe confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. With indignation he must have repelled the idea that hewas the Messiah-
"I am not the Christ."
21-23. And they asked him, What then? Are you Elijah? And he said, I am not. Are you that Prophet? And he answered, No. Thensaid they unto him, Who are you? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What say you of yourself? He said, I amthe voice-Humbly he reduces himself to a voice, but he was not "a voice and nothing more." There was much that was mightyand wise in that voice.
23-27. Of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the Prophet Isaiah. And they which weresent were of the Pharisees. And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptize you, then, if you are not that Christ, norElijah, neither that Prophet? John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there stands One among you, whom you knownot; He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoelaces I am not worthy to unloose. How John hides himselfbehind his Master! He was a most worthy man, a truly great man, but he counted himself unworthy of the most menial servicefor Christ and felt honored by filling the office of a slave to unloosen His Master's shoelaces. It is better to be the slaveof Christ than to rule vast empires! He who truly serves Him is glorified thereby.
28, 29. These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing. The next day John saw Jesus coming untoHim, and says, Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world. Now is he bringing out his message! Now is hepointing out his Master.
30, 31. This is He of whom I said, After me comes a Man which is preferred before me: for He was before me. And I knew Himnot. John knew Jesus very well, but he did not know Him as the Sent One of God, the Messiah, till after he had received thesign and token at His baptism. "I knew Him not."
31-34. But that He should be made manifest to Israel, therefore have I come, baptizing with water. And John bore record, saying,I saw the Spirit descending from Heaven like a dove, and it abode upon Him. And I knew Him not: but He that sent me to baptizewith water, the same said unto me, Upon whom you shall see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, the same is He whichbaptizes with the Holy Spirit. And I saw and bare record that this is the Son of God. Jesus and John must have been well acquaintedwith one another-they were closely related-but John was not to know anybody as the Messiah till he received the token fromGod. When he saw that token, then he officially knew and he bore instant witness- "This is the Son of God."
35, 36. Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. And looking at Jesus as He walked. With holy reverence,with loving awe, gazing upon this extraordinary Person-"as He walked"-
36, 37. He said," Behold the Lamb of God!" And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. This is our onebusiness tonight, to cry, "Behold the Lamb of God!"