(6) And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
The focal point of the entire Word of God is the Slain Lamb of God. The sacrifice of Christ on the cross, on behalf of His people is the theme of both the Old and New Testaments…
- The Old Testament looks ahead through the ceremonial laws and the prophecies given to men that revealed the coming Messiah, the Slain Lamb, Jesus Christ, and His glorious sacrifice on the cross.
- Likewise, the New Testament gospels rehearse the details of the Lamb’s life on earth culminating with His being slain and His resurrection which has secured our salvation. These books are followed by Acts through Revelation which point us back to the work of the Slain Lamb explaining it in more detail and reaffirming that it has taken place.
Why is the Slain lamb the focal point of the entire Word of God?
Colossians 1:1-22 KJV
Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
In this short section of Scripture we find several principles that clearly show us the importance of Christ’s death for our lives. In His death we find our:
- redemption – we our ransom has been paid, we are loosed from our enslavement to sin and death.
- forgiveness of sins – our sins have been pardoned, we are released from the debt of sin that we owe.
- peace – we are in harmonious communion with God, no longer separated from and at war with Him.
- reconciliation – we are enabled to enter His presence, fellowship with Him and enjoy Him eternally.
- presentation to God as holy – we are seen as His family/servants, no longer living for sin and self.
- presentation to God as unblameable – we are looked upon by God as unblemished, without fault.
- presentation to God as unreproveable – we are without blame, and cannot be accused in God’s sight.
Why is the central theme of the Bible the Slain Lamb? If the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ was not slain, our sins have never been “put away”, we are yet in our sins and destined to an eternity of separation from God in eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire….
Hebrews 9:26 KJV
For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
May we constantly praise and honor the Slain Lamb who died for us that, through His shed blood, our sins would be “put away” for an eternity! No matter what we are facing as we begin our day, if we know, by faith, that Christ has died for our sins, we have nothing to fear. Our sins have been put away, we are forgiven, we are at peace with God, and we have an eternity in God’s presence awaiting us!
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