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Jesus Slain Lamb
(Revelation 5.6)
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"Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth." (Revelation 5.6)

Without Blemish

Lamb in FieldThe word for "slain Lamb" was used by John of Patmos for Jesus and was only found in the Book of Revelation. The "slain lamb" was described by the Greek word "arnion." In all other Bible passages, the word used for "lamb" was "amnos." John the Baptist pointed to Jesus as the "amnos" as the "Lamb of God." The Apostle John wrote in John 1.29, "The next day John (the Baptist) saw Jesus coming toward him and said (using "amnos" Greek word), 'Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!'"

Lamb of God

Later in John 1.36 the Apostle John again wrote, "When John the Baptist saw Jesus passing by he said, 'Look, the Lamb of God!'" Saint Peter the rugged fisherman and leader of the disciples spoke of the precious blood of Christ in 1 Peter 1.18-19, "For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect." When Jesus was described as the "lamb without blemish" the writer always used the same word "amnos."

Gentle Lamb

Lamb of GodJeremiah 11.19 used the word "amnos" also when he prophesied of Jesus, "I was like a gentle lamb that is led to the slaughter." In Isaiah 53.7, we read of "the lamb brought to the slaughter." In Revelation, by using "arnion" instead of "amnos" and using it so often, John in Revelation wishes us to see that the concept of Jesus the slain lamb is a brand new one and not a repeat of the idea from the Old Testament.

Wounds Still Seen

Jesus IconJohn of Patmos saw the lamb looking as if it had been "slain" indicating that the wounds inflicted on Jesus' body during his trial and crucifixion could still be seen. Jesus was the final sacrifice for all sins. Although Christ was a sacrificial lamb, he was in no way weak. He was killed, but now he lived in God's strength and power. Here we have the picture of the sacrifice of Christ, still visible in the heavenly places. Even in Heaven, Jesus Christ is the one who loved us and gave himself for us. This same Lamb, with the marks of the crucifixion still on him, is the Lamb with all power and supreme knowledge.

"Jesus Slain Lamb"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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