Saturday, September 10, 2011

Following the Lamb

“They follow the Lamb wherever he goes.” (Revelation 14:4b)

“My sheep recognize my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27)

“As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and then declared, “Look! There is the Lamb of God!’ Then John’s two disciples turned and followed Jesus.” (John 1:36-37)

“All of us have strayed away like sheep. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the guilt and sins of us all. He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:6-7)

“No one can take my life from me. I lay down my life voluntarily.” (John 10:18a)

“Yes, by God’s grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone in all the world. And it was only right that God—
who made everything and for whom everything was made—should bring his many children into glory. Through the suffering of Jesus, God made him a perfect leader, one fit to bring them into their salvation

Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he deliver those who have lived all their lives as slaves to the fear of dying…

Therefore, it was necessary for Jesus to be in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. He then could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people.” (Hebrews 2:9b-10, 14-15, 17)

“I looked and saw a Lamb that had been killed but was now standing between the throne and the four living beings and among the twenty-four elders…And they sang a new song with these words: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals and open it. For you were killed, and your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. And you have caused them to become God’s kingdom and his priests. And they will reign on the earth.” (Revelation 5:6a, 9-10)

“After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white and held palm branches in their hands. And they were shouting with a mighty shout, ‘Salvation comes from our God on the throne and from the Lamb!’”…

“These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and made them white. That is why they are standing in front of the throne of God, serving him day and night in his Temple. And he who sits on the throne will live among them and shelter them. They will never again be hungry or thirsty, and they will be fully protected from the scorching noontime heat. For the Lamb who stands in front of the throne will be their Shepherd. He will lead them to the springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe away all their tears.” (Revelation 7:9-10, 14b-17)

“The Lord is my shepherd; I have everything I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You welcome me as a guest, anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23)

“Once more he asked him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was grieved that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, ‘Lord, you know everything. You know I love you.’ Jesus said, ‘Then feed my sheep. The truth is, when you were young, you were able to do as you liked and go wherever you wanted to. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will direct you and take you where you don’t want to go.’ Jesus said this to let him know what kind of death he would die to glorify God. Then Jesus told him, ‘Follow me.’” (John 21:17-19)

God, we pray that you would help us to follow the Lamb wherever He goes. Help our ears to be tuned in to your voice and help our wills to respond to your directions with faithful obedience. Keep us from straying and following our own path, which is so easy for us to do. We know you that are always with us—in the green meadows and in the dark valley of death—and that your blessings are all that we need. You have created us and sustained us, and you carry us close to your heart. We truly have nothing to fear, for no one can snatch us out of your hand (John ). You have enabled us to wholeheartedly follow the Lamb, who sacrificed His very life for us, the One who is worthy and through whom our salvation has come.

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