The next day John saw Jesus coming to him, and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’ John 1:29
John the Baptist’s introduction of Jesus to his disciples was not as Messiah, Savior, Lord or even King but as the Lamb of God. So significant is this picture to our lives as believers. God characterizes this depiction as taking place in His own heart before creation: “the Lamb who was slain before the foundations of the earth” (Revelation 13:8). Although Jesus was crucified at a point in time in our history, in God’s mind it was set and sealed long before it came to be.
What if we had been there to view this solitary scene? Just imagine it. The Father stands pondering at the edge of time, holding His only Son in His arms wrapped in the fleece of a lamb. It would be the hardest thing He would ever have to do, and He would choose to do it before the beginning. He would lay His heart on the line of eternity—all because of love.
All alone the Father crossed the line bearing the Lamb of His heart. Alone He laid Jesus at the threshold of creation. Alone He committed Him as His own sacrifice for you and me, sheep that would continually refuse the fold. Alone He applied the blood of His beloved, beautiful Lamb to the doorpost of heaven. He had to be sure before He even created the wayward sheep that there was a way Home, so that if they would only choose, they could cross that line of love into the gates of glory. And to be sure that none would forget that act of infinite sacrifice, He looked ahead to forever, placing Jesus the Lamb in the center of His throne: “Then I saw the Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne…Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, saying: ‘Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise’” (Revelation 5:6, 11-12). He finished before He had yet begun. The Father could already hear the faint strains of the song that would resound through the ages—“Worthy is the Lamb!”
As we ponder the miracle of that moment in eternity as well as the moments yet to come may we truly behold Jesus as Lamb of God. Let us look intently at the Father’s gift of love given to us before we came to be. Bill Oberst thoughtfully stated, “Had He not existed, I doubt we would have had the guts to imagine Him.” As we ponder the tenderness and tenacity of our Father’s provision, may each of us practice today the song that we sing along with angels in wonder and worship—“Worthy is the Lamb!”
Today’s Prayer: Father, I stand in awe today as I glimpse the Lamb given for me before I even went my own way in willful disobedience. I struggle to understand such majestic mercy, such infinite love. Help me to look intently into Your heart and then follow You with a trust that is deeper and richer for beholding Jesus, the Lamb of God, who is worthy not only of my praise, but my All. Amen.