The Heart of the Lamb of God

John Belt
John Belt

It is an awe-inspiring thing to think that God came down in the form of a man, Jesus as the Lamb of God. He came down to our level to rescue us from darkness. Jesus did not come down to promote Himself or start a religion, but to save and deliver mankind from the curse of sin. In this we see God?s love manifested through Jesus Christ. He was and is the ?perfect man?.
Every day Jesus laid down His life to do the will of the Father. He had laid down His life many times before He came to the cross. His dependency on the Spirit and the Father enabled Him to accomplish the work that He was called to. Because He made Himself a Servant, humbling Himself to serve the Father?s plan, He became the Servant of all mankind ultimately laying down His life as the Lamb of God.

Isaiah 53:7
?He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.?

In our own lives God looks for a certain quality that is rare to find. It is the characteristic of a faith in God that is willing to let go and let Him have the reigns. Usually when our faith is most tested is when we are tempted to retaliate or say something we shouldn?t. A life yielded to the Spirit learns that there is only one response. That is to respond in prayer to God allowing Him to fix the situation.

When we live a life connected to the Holy Spirit there is such an overflow of grace that we automatically respond with the love that God gives. Because our lives are connected there is a reservoir of grace to draw from. If that reservoir is empty there is nothing to draw from. With this people don?t respond to things in a way that pleases God. Jesus knew about this reservoir of grace because He lived a life example for us of how to draw from the Holy Spirit.

At the same time, there are some who have seared their conscience in some areas of life having justified their actions over and over. Essentially they have closed the door to the Holy Spirit in those areas thus blinding themselves to the truth of how they should really live and think. In a sense, we have different chambers of our hearts. We choose where we are going to allow God to come and where not. When we choose to justify our actions in certain areas for extended periods of time that area of the heart hardens, thus closing the door to that chamber where it makes it more difficult for the Spirit to speak in that area. This would be the searing of the conscience where it no longer seems wrong to do this or that.

For this reason it is important for us to ask the Spirit to tenderize our hearts to receive the ?fullness? of Who Christ is within us, not just the aspects we enjoy to look at. The Father had the entire heart of Jesus to work with, not just a portion. That is why He was able to follow the Father?s plan fully. Jesus was entirely man and entirely God, but emptied Himself of the divine attributes making Himself a man completely dependent on the Holy Spirit to accomplish the Father?s work. The yielded life is essential for us to walk in the fullness of what God has for our lives. He has only good things in store as we empty ourselves of the things we hold on to, allowing Him to have His perfect work within us. In this way we become partakers in ?The Lamb of God? who was slain before the foundation of the world.


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