CRB CLASSES FALL 2011: THE PROMISE OF HIS COMING
9-4-11 THE LAMB OF GOD
DC 108:7, 9-10b—O that thou wouldst rend the heavens, that thou wouldst come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence.
- KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS—Revelation 19:16
- THE LAMB OF GOD—John 1:29; Revelation 5:5-14
- THE ADVOCATE WITH THE FATHER—I John 2:1-2; DC 45:1c-e
- THE PRINCE OF PEACE—Isaiah 9:6
- THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD—John 8:12
- THE BREAD OF LIFE—John 6:48
- THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS—Jeremiah 23:5-6
- THE DESIRE OF ALL NATIONS—Haggai 2:6-7
I. WHO IS HE THAT COMETH?
JOHN 1:29—The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and said; Behold the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sin of the world!
REVELATION 5:1-14—And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne . . . stood a Lamb as it had been slain
ALMA 5:17-23—Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh, that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions, according to the power of his deliverance
DC 18:2h-j—which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit, and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink; nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men
JOHN 12:23-28,32-33—except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone; but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit
He who was from the beginning came in the meridian of time to accomplish the will of the Father. Though his glory outshined the sun, he humbled himself, took upon him the form of a man, and made our flesh glorious by living a perfect life. Though he is mighty as a Lion, and strong to accomplish our salvation, he did so through sacrifice, thus becoming the Lamb of God. This was the will of the Father from the beginning and the Son showed himself true to his word: “Father, thy will be done, and the glory be thine forever” (Genesis 3:3). Thus, the glory of God is revealed to man by a sacrifice—an act of love by which sin is blotted out and death is overcome. This love is charity, the pure love of Christ, and it was made flesh in the life, death, and resurrection of the Lamb of God; wherefore it endureth forever. Therefore, let us heed the words of Mormon and cleave unto charity—that as true followers of his Son Jesus Christ, we may become the sons of God, that when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is, that we may have this hope, that we may be purified, even as he is pure. Amen. (Moroni 7:53)
II. WHAT HAS HE PROMISED?
ALMA 5:24-28,42—washed of your sins, faith on the Lamb of God . . . eternal life . . . garments spotless . . . kingdom of heaven
DC 76:5—celestial glory: gift of the Holy Spirit; church of the Firstborn; all things given into their hands, priests and kings—receive of his fullness and his glory; sons of God; shall overcome all things; dwell in the presence of God and his Christ for ever and ever; brought with him in the clouds of heaven; have part in the first resurrection; come unto Mount Zion; innumerable company of angels and general assembly and church of the Firstborn; names written in heaven; made perfect through Jesus the mediator of the new covenant; celestial bodies
JOHN 4:8-16—well of living water springing up into everlasting life
JOHN 6:37-40,44,47-57—everlasting life, raised up in the resurrection of the just at the last day
Just as the word of God reveals the nature and character of God, so the promises given by him arise out of his personality. He who revealed himself to Moses as “I AM THAT I AM” wills that we become as He Is—eternal. This promise is given by one who laid down that state of eternal glory in order to become as we are—mortal. Thus, by taking on himself mortality, he glorified the flesh he gave us, and sanctified it that it might be fit to dwell eternally in the heavens with himself and his Father. To all who come unto him according to the will of his Father he offers his fullness and his glory: eternal life in the presence of God and Christ for ever and ever. This is salvation and there is no gift greater.
III. WHAT DOES HE REQUIRE?
ALMA 5:24-25—repent, born again, baptized unto repentance, faith on the Lamb of God
DC 76:5b—received the testimony of Jesus, believed on his name, buried after the manner of his burial, being buried in the water in his name . . . washed and cleansed from all their sins
JOHN 3:1-5,13-17—except a man be born of water, and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God . . . whosoever believeth on him should not perish but have eternal life
LUKE 19:1-10—repentance of Zaccheus—salvation, he also is a son of Abraham
The Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. In the garden of Eden man lost immortality because of sin. Upon the cross of Calvary, the Son of God offered his immortality up in sacrifice to overcome sin, conquer death, and draw mankind back to God. He came to be the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father but by him (John 14:6) No man can come unto Christ except he does the will of the Father (John 6:44). The way back to God requires that we receive the Son as he is, believe on his name, repent of our sins, forsaking that which separates us from the Father, and that we are born again of water and the Spirit, buried with him by baptism into death . . .
that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection; knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead to sin is freed from sin (Romans 6:4-7).
If this be the case for us, then is the word of Christ fulfilled: I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? (John 11:25-26) BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD, WHO TAKETH AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD!