Christ’s once for all sacrifice of Himself was the final redemption price paid for His people.
The Apostle Peter confirmed the profound truth of the meaning of Christ’s sacrifice.
“…knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ as a lamb without blemish and without spot.” 1 Peter 1:18-19
And then Peter confirmed that God’s plan for redemption through Christ was devised before Adam was created.
“He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times…” 1 Peter 1:20
But the role of the Lamb of God is far from over. He was alluded to in the early chapters of Genesis, was confirmed by the prophets, acknowledged in the Gospels, explained in the epistles, and will be totally celebrated in the final Book of the Bible, i.e. the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
After the age of the Church, at the beginning of Daniel’s 70th week, Christ will reclaim all that He paid for on the cross as the Passover Lamb of God.
As revealed to John:
“…in the midst of the throne…stood a Lamb as though it had been slain…” Revelation 5:6
This verse confirms the deity of Christ and identifies the Lamb as having been slain, i.e. offered as the Passover Lamb of God. Now the Lamb will be recognized by the whole world for who He really is and the world will not celebrate.
“And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!’” Revelation 6:15-16
All who will be living on the earth during the 70th week and have rejected the person and work of the Lamb of God will worship the anti-Christ.
“All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” Revelation 13:8
John confirms Peter’s revelation that the Lamb of God was foreordained from before time began. It is also revealed that the Book of Life belongs to the Lamb. That profound fact is reiterated later in the Revelation as John describes those who are not saved and denied access to New Jerusalem.
“But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.” Revelation 21:27
The Lamb of God is referenced as such throughout eternity because He made it all possible for God’s highest creation to dwell in the presence of his Creator forever.
The Lamb of God did that which man could not do. He fulfilled God’s immutable law.
And finally, the Lamb of God will remove the curse on the earth by destroying the works of the Devil.
“And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it (New Jerusalem)…” Revelation 22:3
It is always so interesting to see how the most profound doctrine in the Bible, i.e. redemption, will be fulfilled in terms of Jewish law. He who has an ear to hear, let him hear.
Knowing the infallibility and immutability of God’s word, it is frustrating to witness the nations, including America, discard Biblical truths. However, such was revealed time and time again all through the Scriptures.
And it should not be forgotten that the Lamb of God is simultaneously the Lion of the tribe of Judah. The wisdom and sovereignty of God is beyond man’s ability to comprehend. Praise God for the gift of faith to accept and believe His word!
Before leaving the doctrine of redemption, let’s enjoy the words of a great hymn.
“Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it!
Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb…”