Jesus, the Lamb, is the Lamp

Jesus is the Lamb of GodRevelation 21:23 “the city has no need of the sun or of the moon that they should shine in it, for the glory of God illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb.” The glory of God illuminates New Jerusalem and radiates through New Jerusalem.

The Lamb is the lamp of the city. John, seeing Jesus coming to him, declared, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). Jesus, the unique Lamb, the reality pictured by all the Old Testament offerings, takes away the sin (the fallen nature) of the world (all men). Jesus is our Lamb, our Redeemer.

As the Lamb of God, Jesus is very approachable. Men of high stature, rich but despised tax collectors, a Roman centurion, beggars, blind men, and immoral people all came to Him. His wonderful speaking to them and His healing of many infirmities testify that He is God! In Jesus, God is fully approachable.

In Himself, God, “the blessed and only Sovereign,” dwells “in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen nor can see” (1 Timothy 6:15-16). In New Jerusalem this unapproachable light is within the lamp of the city, who is the approachable Lamb. A marvelous combination! The unapproachable light is embodied in the approachable Lamb as the lamp, and through the Lamb God illuminates the entire city of New Jerusalem.

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  1. Awesome. Lord, grace me to approach the Lamb/Lamp many times every day.

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  2. Beatriz

     /  September 6, 2012

    If we don’t have Him as our Lamb and as our Lamp, sin and darkness will follow us.

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  3. Why did John call Jesus the Lamb of God? Was Jesus a lamb? No, Jesus was not an actual lamb, just as we who are Senegalese are not actual lions, although we sometimes call ourselves such. {Senegal’s mascot is the lion} All of us know clearly that this is only a manner of speech, because we would like to have the strength and courage of a lion. But why did the prophet John call Jesus the Lamb of God? Why would anyone want to be like a lamb? Why did John point to Jesus, and say to his disciples, “Look! Here is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”?

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    • John called Jesus the Lamb of God (figuratively) because He is the one without spot and without blemish who died to satisfy God’s righteousness. He went meekly as a Lamb and took the judgment that we deserved. Praise Him!
      Now our need is to receive what He has accomplished. We can pray, Lord Jesus, thank You for dying for me. Thank You for obtaining forgiveness for me. Lord, I receive You now; cleanse me and come to live in me!

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