Tuesday, December 23, 2014

JEWELS from the GOSPEL of JOHN - JN. 1:35-39 - The LEADER That Is The LAMB

The following is a series of short exhortations, brief commentary and writings to convey thoughtful meditation on God's Word. I have chosen the Gospel of John as the subject. These articles will not run contiguously on this blog but peppered throughout and in the midst of other articles (though some might be posted consecutively). I pray that these will be a blessing and an edification for the saints.

JOHN 1:35-39
Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;

36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!
37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
38 Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?
39 He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour.

John the Baptist identifies Jesus for the second time (the first in vs. 29, the day before) as the LAMB of GOD, presenting the very familiar idea of the sacrificial lamb upon the altar of sacrifice, yet this was a man, the God-Man and no mere Levitically approved animal to be slaughtered in the Temple in Jerusalem.

Scripture speaks abundantly of the Messiah of Israel Who would die for the sins of the people. Jesus proclaimed Himself as the Messiah (JOHN 4:25) and if one does a careful study of the Messianic Scriptures in the Old Testament, they clearly present the Messiah as both man and God. 

The disciples at this point are unaware of course, that this Man that John points out to them is God Incarnate, walking in their midst; but they know that this is the One that John has been preaching about, the One that the Baptist anticipated would come, the One that he was preparing the way for (ISAIAH 40:3). So these two follow Jesus and that is the wisest course of action that any human being can take - to follow Him. Yet are we not, as sinners, powerless to walk as He walked (1 JOHN 2:6)? These would soon learn that to follow Jesus in Truth, in the Spirit of Truth, would require the Spirit of grace - One and the same Spirit (JOHN 1:17) - indwelling them and empowering them to truly walk after Jesus in the spiritual sense of the word.

They merely ask Him where He is dwelling, perhaps at a loss of words for what to say. The LORD of Glory, whose glory they beheld as He lived His holy life before them (JOHN 1:14) responded with an invitation "Come and see" and yet as the LORD God, YHWH He could have easily declared:

ISAIAH 57:15 

For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

At this time of year we ponder the glory and wonder of the blessed event of the First Advent of the MESSIAH, the CHRIST, the LORD Jesus; what a mystery it is, beyond the human mind's capacity to comprehend that He Who inhabits eternity - that realm of reality that exists outside of the created continuum of space/time - stepped into this capsule of temporal existence and took on flesh and blood. Fully God and fully man - the GOD Man, the blessed bridge that would span the gap between the HOLY God and sinful man.
He took on this body, born of a virgin and thus without the taint of sin attributed to mankind, for He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit of God, and showed us the Father (by presenting Himself Who is One with the Father), and the way to Him (JOHN 14:6,9). 

That way would be known to the contrite and humble spirit, and such would be revived by the indwelling Spirit of Christ, Who would not only dwell in the high and holy place of eternity but also in the hearts of His disciples: temples all, of the Holy Spirit (1 COR. 6:19).

We as saints no longer have to go and find where Jesus dwells and fellowship with Him there; we have His Spirit dwelling within us and so fellowship is just a whispered prayer of worship away, and to partake of the Bread of Life, we break such together with our LORD as we commune in the Scripture, both corporately in the church and singly in our devotional times. 

We follow Him, our LEADER, our LORD, the LAMB of GOD in the way that He leads us - in knowing our nature that in its sinful state still requires mortification (putting to death); and in knowing Him, the Author of Life and partaking of His life in renewing our minds (ROM. 12:1-2) to become more like our LORD Jesus and walk with Him - in the way everlasting!

PSALM 139:23-24
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

The next installment in this series will examine JOHN 1:41-42, entitled The SAND and STONE.

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