"You have to work hard to offend Christians. By nature, Christians are the most forgiving, understanding, and thoughtful group of people I've ever dealt with. They never assume the worst. They appreciate the importance of having different perspectives. They're slow to anger, quick to forgive, and almost never make rash judgments or act in anything less than a spirit of total love . . . No, wait--I'm thinking of Labrador retrievers!" David Learn, 1998

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Who is This Man? (8th of 12) JESUS: LAMB OF GOD

                                  JESUS: LAMB OF GOD
          "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world."
                                                        John the Forerunner

      Our climb has led us from seeing Jesus as miracle-working Son of Mary. . . to sinless Son of Man. . . to prophesied Son of David (Messiah). But a dead Messiah is a false Messiah. The Scriptures say the Messiah will live forever on the throne of his ancestor King David. Without a resurrection, Jesus' words and works would only show him to be an insightful teacher, a good man, a man with personal power and charisma--to the single generation in which he lived.
     Did Jesus fulfill the prophecies that the Messiah would be raised from the dead?

1. Describe the person Scripture predicted would precede and prepare people for the Messiah? Who met the requirements of this prophecy? What did this person say about himself?
     Compare Malachi 3:1 with Mark 1:1-8.
     Compare Isaiah 40:1-5, esp. v. 3 with:
     a. Matthew 3:1-3; 
     b. Mark 1:1-4 ;
     c. Luke 3:1-6        
     d. Luke 1:5-17, esp. v. 17and Luke 1:57-80, esp. vs. 76-77
     e. Luke 3:1-6 and 15-18
     f. John 1:19-23

2. What did this Forerunner call Jesus? John 1:29  

3.  What is the significance of this name?
     Compare Exodus 12:1-7, 12-13, 21-23 with:
        a.  I Peter 1:18-19 
        b.  I Corinthians 5:7
        c.  Revelation 5:1-14

4. What do the Scriptures say about this Lamb dying and coming back to life?
     Read Isaiah 53, esp. vs. 6-12. What words or phrases can you find that describe how this Lamb of God would take away the sins of the world?
     Compare Psalm 16:9-10 with Luke 24:1-8, 31 and 34.

5. What did Jesus prophesy would follow his death? In parallel passages,  see what additional details you can find.
Matthew 17:9

Matthew 17:23
Matthew 20:18-19
Matthew 26:31-32
Mark 8:31

Mark 9:31
Mark 10:33-34
Luke 9:22

Luke 18:31-33

6. What did he say about those who reject evidence of his resurrection from the Scriptures?
Luke 16:31

7. How did the apostle Paul deal with the people's misconceptions about the Messiah after the resurrection? Acts 17:2,3

8. Did Jesus rise from the dead?
     a. Peter's testimony, Acts 3:1-15, esp. v. 15and Acts 4:1-10.
     b. Paul's testimony:  I Corinthians 1:20-23

At the end of Lesson 5, JESUS: HIS CHARACTER we faced a dilemma. How can we imperfect people meet the standard of righteousness God requires to enter His kingdom? How can God be perfectly just and yet forgive our sins, which require eternal death? Think about what you have learned about Jesus' character in Lesson 5, what you have learned about Jesus in this lesson so far and then see what light Hebrews 9:22 and John 1:29 shed on the total picture.

BONUS QUESTION: In what way is Jonah an illustration of Jesus in the following passages? Compare Jonah 1:17 with Matthew 12:40.

Based on this lesson, WHO IS THIS MAN? 

(To be continued February 27)

Today I am thankful for the ocean.


  1. You are putting a lot of work into these posts! thank you! I love your "thankful" messages....can I "copy" your idea?

    God Bless!

  2. Sure, Connie. I'm just copying the apostle Paul's exhortation to be thankful in everything. I figure if I can't find 365 things to be thankful for in a year, I need to work on my gratitude.