Monday, 20 June 2005 06:11

The Lamb of God

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He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. [Isaiah 53:7]

In verse 6, the prophet describes the condition of sinners as lost sheep. This wandering from God's law is a willful sin that is worthy of punishment. This punishment which the elect deserved was made to fall on the Servant of God. Now we go on to see how that punishment was borne by the Suffering Servant, namely our Lord Jesus Christ.

We have some idea what it means when iniquity is made to fall on a man, when a man's conscience is awakened, and the sin which he has committed is allowed to produce the fullness of suffering in this life. But this is no comparison with the sufferings that are yet to fall on the sinner after this life, which are eternal and without limit as to intensity. In our text we have the Lord Jesus taking that upon Himself.

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