THE TRUE LIGHT – Part III
Leslie M. John
“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold thttp://lesliejohn.net/wp-admin/edit-comments.phphe Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).
While John the Baptist was baptizing in water Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to inquire as to who he was. John the Baptist said He was neither Christ nor Elias or prophet, but he was the forerunner of Lord Jesus Christ. Next day when he saw Lord Jesus coming to him, he proclaimed that the Lord was the “Lamb of God”, who takes away the sin of the world.
Clearly John the Baptist was pointing to the Old Testament substitutionary sacrifices of animals that were offered, in order to cleanse the sins of each one, who confessed his sin by placing his hands on the lamb’s head, in the presence of priest. It is pathetic that in the present age, many Jews do not believe that substitutionary death of a savior is necessary to cleanse their sin, even though they believe that substitutionary offering of sacrifice was necessary as recorded in the Old Testament for the remission of sins. It is hard for them to acknowledge that everyone is sinner by birth and except by accepting that Savior’s death on behalf sinner was necessary for the remission of sins. They believed that Messiah will be born in a palace like a princess and he would defeat their enemies like a king.
There will come surely a time when the Lord will come again and defeat their enemies and His enemies. The time is not far away. Everything is happening in God’s time. In due time, Christ died for us. In due time He will make the Jews and all others acknowledge that He is the Lord and except by acknowledging Him as the Savior, there is no salvation.
John the Baptist said it was Lord Jesus, the “Lamb of God” about whom he said that even though he was born before the Lord was born on this earth, the Lord was already there and He is eternal. He said he was baptizing with water in order that the Lord should be made manifest to Israel. As Lord Jesus was coming to him, he reiterated saying “Behold the Lamb of God!”
“And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!” (John 1:36).
John the Baptist was reluctant to baptize Lord Jesus, who came from Galilee to Jordan to be baptized of him; but the Lord said to him “Suffer it be now” indicating that it was required to fulfill all righteousness. Then John the Baptist baptized Lord Jesus.
While Lord Jesus was coming out of the water, “the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (cf. Matthew 3:13-17). Here is the endorsement from the Father that Jesus was the Son of God. Likewise, after Jesus died, and was raised from the dead, the Father acknowledged the Son as God, equal with Him, and yet He gave all the power to Him (cf. Matthew 28:18)
“But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom” (Hebrews 1:8)
Old Testament prophecy is fulfilled…
“Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre” (Psalms 45:6).
Lord Jesus is the “Word’, who was with God, and the Word was God”, and “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” (cf. John 1:1, 14). He is the Christ, i.e. He is the Messiah.
When there was total darkness and the Spirit of God was hovering upon the deep waters, God said let there be light be and there was light. When the light came into existence the darkness was dispelled. When Adam was with God in fellowship with Him, they communed with each other freely, but when the man sinned against God he lost the image of God, and darkness engulfed him. Adam walked in the light, he was in the light until he committed sin and was thrown out of the Garden of Eden.
Here is the True light, Lord Jesus Christ, who came in the likeness of man, to offer Himself as sacrifice on behalf of us. There is a provision made for man to accept that light, and be saved. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Whoever accepted the Light had no darkness in him.
Lord Jesus Christ is the Light in eternity, where there will be no Sun, or moon.