THE LORD, THE LAMB, AND THE GREAT I AM
Introduction: John 1:23&29; 8:58.
A. On one occasion Jesus told the Jews to “search the scriptures for in them you think you have eternal life and these are they which testify of me.” (John 5:39). See also Luke 24:27.
B. In order to help us better understand His mission and message, Jesus is called by many names, designations, and titles throughout the Bible.
C. For example, He is the Christ, the Messiah, the Rock of Ages, the Root & Offspring of David, the Bright & Morning Star, etc., etc.
D. In this study we want to concentrate on three of the designations that are used in reference to Him.
I. The LORD.
III.The Great “I AM.”
BODY: THE LORD, THE LAMB, AND THE GREAT I AM
I. The LORD (John 1:23).
A. John The Baptist was sent to “make straight the way of the Lord.” (John 1:23).
B. This refers to His position and His power.
C. Observe from John 1 that He is:
1. Expression of God.
(a) In the beginning was the word…” (John 1:1).
(b) Why is Jesus called the “Word”? He is not the written Word, or the spoken Word, but He is the Word Personified – i.e. He is the message of God revealed in a human body.
(c) The Word was “made flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14).
(d) It was, as if the Father said, “We need to show man what we are really like” So Jesus said, “I will go down and dwell among them so they can clearly see what we are like.”
(e) No man has seen God at any time, but the Sonas “declared Him” (NKJV), “made Him known” (NIV), “shown us what God is like” (NCV), or “explained Him” (NASV). John 1:18 He is “the express image of His person” (NKJV), or “the exact representation of His being” (NIV). (Hebrews 1:3). That is why Jesus said, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). In other words, the way Jesus acted when He was on earth is exactly and precisely how the Father would have acted, had He came to dwell in a body among us.
(f) And one of the main things that Jesus came to emphasize and make known about God is that He is a God “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).
(g) He shows us that God is a God of grace and that He supplies “grace for grace” (NKJV), or “grace upon grace” (ESV). (John 1:16; Hebrews 2:9; 2 Cor. 8:9 & Heb. 10:25).
2. Eternally God.
(a) “In the beginning…the word was with God” (John 1:16).
(b) He existed “before Abraham was” (John 8:58) and “was in the beginning with God” (John 1:2).
(c) His “goings forth are from old, from everlasting (Micah 5:2).
(d) He created the world (John 1:3). He controls the world (Heb. 1:3; Rev. 1:5). He cares for the world (John 1:12; 3:16).
3. Equally God.
(a) “The Word was God.” (John 1:1a).
(b) Jesus was “Himself equal with God” (John 5:18).
(c) He shared “equality with God” (Phil. 2:6).
(d) John clearly shows that Jesus is equal with His Father in person, perception, and position (John 5:21-27).
II. THE LAMB
A. Not only is Jesus the Lord, He is also the Lamb (John 1:29 & 36).
B. Being “Lord” emphasizes His power and position. Being the “Lamb” emphasizes His purpose and pardon.
C. He “takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29) because He “saves His people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21).
D. It is interesting to trace God’s LAMB through the Bible. For example, we have the sacrifice of the Lamb:
1. Implied (Genesis 4).
2. Prophesied (Genesis 22).
3. Typified (Exodus 12).
4. Personified (Isaiah 53).
5. Identified (John 1:29).
6. Verified (Acts 8).
7. Glorified (Rev. 5).
E. He “offered one sacrifice for sins forever” (Heb. 10:12). He “appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself”
(Heb. 9:26). That is why He is called the Lamb because He is the sacrifice.
F. And that one sacrifice takes care of the sins you have committed, the sins you are committing, and the sins you
you will commit.
G. Salvation has been “accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Eph. 3:11).
H. When Jesus is called the Word it does not mean He is a book, but He is a Message. And when Jesus is called the
Lamb, it does not mean that He is an animal, but He is a Sacrifice. I do not expect to be saved by trying to keep law, but by trusting in the Lamb. I do not expect to be saved by the way I live, but by trusting in the Lamb. I do not expect to be saved by the way I love, but by trusting in the Lamb. I may not always behave, but I can “behold” and believe (John 1:36).
III. THE GREAT I AM
A. Not only is Jesus the Lord. And not only is Jesus the Lamb. He is also the great “I Am” (John 8:58).
B. It is important to understand that God’s name is “I Am”. When the children of Israelasked, “What is His name?” Moses was to reply “I Am who I Am” (Exodus 3:13-14).
C. God said, “This is my name forever, and this is my memorial to all generations” (Exodus 3:15).
D. The reason people need to remember or be reminded of this name is that God is in the present.
E. God is in the now. He is not in the past. He is not in the future. He is in the now.
F. Why is this name so important? Because it will help us live in the now. Today is all I have, all I need, and all I can handle.
G. At times we all focus on the past. We would all like to go back and live at least part of our lives again. There
are mistakes we have made that we would like to correct. And things we did not do that we would like to get done.
H. We have a tendency to dig up bones – exhuming things that are better left alone. (Remember the song, by Randy
Owen or was it Randy Travis?) We resurrect memories of a life that is dead and gone.
I. Some think, in our past we have:
(1) Messed up in a marriage.
(2) Had an abortion. Got hooked on drugs/alcohol etc.
(3) Shacked up for a while/had many one night stands.
(4) Lied, stolen, and mistreated others.
(5) Did things I can’t believe I did.
(6) Said things, thought things, and did things, that were shameful, sinful, and sometimes stupid.
(7) Left undone things that I should have done, and wasted a lot of my life serving Satan.
(8) Believed things that were not true, taught things that were not true, and did things that were not right.
(9) Mistreated, misled, and missed time with our children.
(10) Disobeyed and ignored our parents, and took advantage of our friends.
J. But God says, “Don’t go there!” I’m not in the past. My name is not “I was” but “I Am”.
K. I am the Lamb and the Great I Am. I have taken care of the (your) past.
L. In Jeremiah 31, Hebrews 8, and Hebrews 10, God said, “Their sins…..I will remember no more.”
M. If you read Acts 26, I Timothy, and Philippians 3, you’ll see that Paul regretted many things in his past.
N. But he said, “One thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind……I press toward the goal…..” (Phil. 3:13-14).
O. It is good to learn from the past but not live in it. His name is “I Am” not I “was.”
P. At other times we fear the future. We wonder and worry what is going to happen? What’s next?
Q. And God says, “Don’t go there!” My name is “I Am” not “I will be.”
R. He is not only the Lamb who covers the past, He is also the Lord who controls the future.
S. He knows “from eternity…..all His works” (Acts 15:18). He “works all things according to the counsel of His
will” (Eph. 1:11).
T. He says, “Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough
trouble of its own” (Matt. 6:34, NIV).
U. We need to live one day at a time. Life by the mile is a trial, by the yard it is hard, but by the inch it is a
V. Since Jesus has come we can say, “This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).
W. God said remember my name for all generations and and forever (Exodus 3:15). It is “I Am”. Don’t fear the
future – I am the Lord. Don’t focus on the past – I am the Lamb. And don’t forget that I dwell in the present – I am the great “I Am.”
CONCLUSION: In this study we have discussed, “The Lord, The Lamb, and The Great I Am.” Hopefully, we have learned that He is not the God of the past, nor the God of the future, but the God of the present. If we focus on the past, life is hard, because God is not there. If we fear the future, life is hard, because God is not there. He is always in the present. Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).