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I’ve decided to add something new to my home page. I usually place a devotional on Facebook every morning, and thought it might be good to share those daily messages with my friends that visit my website. At some point in the future, I will adding the link to Facebook and Twitter, but this is a work in progress. I hope this message touches your heart. Feel free to share it with those you know who might also benefit: 

 March 30, 2015 

ONE HOLY LAMB

Once again, the subject of the season is on my mind.  The Passover lamb was not the first time the blood and sacrifice of a lamb was used to save God’s people.  We read before how God provided Adam and Eve with animal skin for coverings.  Although the scriptures don’t say specifically that it was a lamb, beyond this we read of sacrifices by various patriarchs that involved lambs.

Abraham was one of those patriarchs… “And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.”  (Genesis 22:8  KJV).  Some versions of the Bible insert the word ‘for’ between provide and Himself…”, but King James puts it correctly, in my opinion.  God did provide Himself, in the embodiment of the Son, as the sacrifice for our sin!  Yes, He also provided Abraham and Isaac a ram for their sacrifice because Abraham proved that he would give up his only son, if God asked him to; nothing held a higher place in his heart than God… “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:3  KJV).

When instructing the Israelites on Passover preparations, very specific rules were to be followed:  ”Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:”. (Exodus 12:5  KJV).  This lamb was to be a representation of Jesus, who was sinless, perfect and without the blemish of sin.  Only an unmarked sacrifice could atone for the sin of the individual, in the sacrificial system; only a Perfect Savior could pay the price for the sin of the world.  We see throughout scripture the wonderful symbolism pointing toward Jesus as our Savior!

John the Baptist introduced Jesus as the fulfillment of all the sacrificial sin offering ceremonies: “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”  (John 1:29  NKJV).  I doubt many of those listening and watching truly understood what John meant by this statement, but Jesus ministry, from that point forward, would tel the story…

“He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.”  (Isaiah 53:7  NIV).  Jesus stood silent before His accusers.  He allowed the soldiers to arrest Him; He allowed them to slap and spit on Him, to whip Hip and to make fun of Him and His ministry and message!  He could have called ten thousand angels down to rescue Him at any point in the process, but Jesus knew that He needed to endure and win the victory or His living on earth as a man would be in vain!  Jesus did all this so you and I could be saved from the penalty of sin, so we could live eternally with Him in glory!

I heard this <3 song while driving last evening.  Phil Cross and Poet Voices wrote and sang it, originally, but during this season leading up to the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, it is a popular song in many forums:

“Atonement day, a shepherd cries;

Another spotless lamb must die.

Oh, how could just one sacrifice,

Our God, Jehovah, satisfy?

Year after year, the blood would flow,

But none could wash me white as snow;

Salvation’s day fulfilled the plan,

The Promise came, one Holy Lamb.

One Holy Lamb washed my sin away;

One sacrifice paid a price I could not pay;

One Holy Lamb, one great I AM, one seed of Abraham,

One Holy Lamb washed my sin away!”

Atonement day, the Father cries;

The spotless Son of God must die.

One final death for every man,

One blood, one life, one Holy Lamb.

One Holy Lamb washed my sin away;

One sacrifice paid a price I could not pay;

One Holy Lamb, one great I AM, one seed of Abraham,

One Holy Lamb washed my sin away!”

http://youtu.be/3M_X_g5YU90

“The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord.”  (Isaiah 65:25  KJV).  Have a blessed day!

ABOUT MY WRITING: 

 My first two books are available on amazon.com in either paperback, hardback, or ebook formats. they are the first two books in my group called “Journeys of Faith”. Take a look on my books page for “Through the Waters” and “Across the Wilderness”. “Out of the Valley” is coming along nicely. I am hoping to get it to the publisher within the next month or 6 weeks. 

 Meanwhile, look for several ebooks,not part of the “Journeys of Faith”. One is a compilation of my daughter’s poems, two are related to the grieving process: 1) a personal tribute to my daughter called, “Only in My Dreams”, and 2) an overview of the various ways we grieve other losses in our lives, named “White Crosses Line the Highways of Our Lives”. As they are released through Kindle Direct Publishing, links will be placed on this website.

With the holiday season behind us, don’t let’s forget the less fortunate among us. 

 Take time to search for somebody in need. Donate time feeding the homeless. Find new, innovative ways to reach out in your community. Most of all, don’t forget the commission in James 1:27 “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

Feel free to use the emails on this website to contact
me regarding scheduling a book-signing and/or talk to a reading
group, church group or just a gathering of friends. I am
always open to new experiences and meeting new people. 

 <>< Jeanne F. Brooks ><>

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