#0102 “Behold the Lamb of God”

Link relevant to today’s posting…

 

Scripture relevant to today’s posting…

John’s Disciples Follow Jesus

35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”

37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”

They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”

39 “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”

John 1: 35-39 (NIV)

 

Today’s posting is part 4 of the new series: “Words of the Bible vs. the WORD”. This series is based upon material to be included in my new book. As I am inspired to write this, I am posting these ideas on-the-fly, so they will be fleshed out and edited more before they get incorporated into the book. In today’s link can you see how conservatives make it a political point to not see the divinity in Hillary Clinton? They’ve held the very same perspective towards President Obama; are they blaspheming the Holy Ghost as they refuse to recognize His fruits (the divinity) within these and other people?

Words of the Bible vs. the WORD

Continued from 7-09-16…

Let’s keep reading in the first chapter of John to see if there are other suggestions that the Holy Ghost resides within the spiritual DNA of humanity.

 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

It was because the Holy Ghost (the WORD) was in their midst that John (the Baptist), John the apostle, and all the disciples mentioned in this chapter were able to recognize and respond to the divinity of Jesus. This ability to recognize divinity in Jesus made it possible for them to hear and begin to understand the words of Jesus. It lifted them up to a place where they could see beyond the Law of Moses and offer them a vantage point from which they could see, consider and begin to internalize the message of the Kingdom. It was the Holy Ghost Who opened the door through which all of the early disciples could pass and follow Jesus. As we get further into this 1st Chapter of John, into the verses telling about some of the Apostles choosing to follow Jesus; let’s keep in mind that there was something much more than their own faculties in play here. These guys weren’t acting on a whim wherein they got a notion that it might be a good idea to hang out with Jesus and follow Him around for a while. It was the Holy Ghost resident within them that opened their eyes and gave rise to a burning desire to respond to the proposition. As they did so they felt a sense of peace and assurance at the core of their beings; and as they continued forward towards whatever ventures the Holy Ghost had in store for them, they were, in effect, acknowledging the authority of God resting upon them. As they responded in the affirmative ways this chapter in John describes, they were doing the opposite of blaspheming the Holy Ghost—they were following Its direction even to the rejecting of many components and static dictates of the Law of Moses; thereby elevating their perspectives to a place above it. In this way we are able to consider Jesus’s mission on earth as something other than the salvation of mankind from eternal damnation—which is summed up in the concept of Him dying for each one’s individual sins. I would like to quickly say something to this point; but we have to skip ahead to verse 29 to do so…

29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

In this verse John is pointing to the general state of sin that the world is in, rather than to the personal collections of the sins of individuals. The reference to Jesus as the Lamb of God has been additionally tied into the salvation theme as the interpretation has traditionally assumed the lamb John references is a sacrificial lamb which was often used in the Mosaic rituals. In this ritual the lamb was killed and burned on an altar as a way of appeasing God. Despite the fact that this sacrificial lamb interpretation has been widely accepted by Christian theologians for centuries; the closest we can get authenticating this concept is by conjecture only—not by anything specified in the sentence. A different way to consider the term lamb is by looking at it in the light of the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats…

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

Matt 25:31-33 (NIV)

This perspective seems to use the term “sheep” in a way as to illustrate a gathering of like-minded persons who’s nature appears favorable in the eyes of God; in other words, righteous people. The other group—the “goats”—are representative of a group whose natures are the opposite of righteous. With this in mind; it very well may be that in John’s words: “Behold the lamb of God” he was saying behold the most righteous Son of God; or behold the apple of God’s eye; or something of the like. This idea is just as probable, if not more probable, than the traditional view which IDs Jesus as the sacrificial lamb (of God).

All throughout this 1st chapter of John we see the Holy Ghost operating just ahead of the time when Jesus comes on the scene. In a way He is working to prepare the arrival of Jesus and the message of the Kingdom which He is bringing to the earth. The Holy Ghost used this approach to open the eyes of the disciples so they could see the divine nature in Jesus. Once they began to follow Jesus, His message of the Kingdom began to resonate within their beings. The more they allowed this connection with God and Jesus to continue the more established the Holy Ghost became within each of them; the more they became convinced of the divinity of Jesus. Beyond even this, they began to develop the ability to see the divinity inherent in the creation all around them including the divinity within each other and in other people.

If you have a question or a comment about this or other postings please feel free to send them in. As usual, thanks for reading.

TBC: Saturday, July 23, 2016

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