THE SPOTLESS LAMB OF GOD
FORASMUCH AS YE KNOW THAT YE WERE NOT REDEEMED WITH CORRUPTIBLE THINGS, AS SILVER AND GOLD, FROM YOUR VAIN CONVERSATION RECEIVED BY TRADITION FROM YOUR FATHERS; BUT WITH THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF CHRIST, AS OF A LAMB WITHOUT BLEMISH AND WITHOUT SPOT.
GOD's hatred of an improper sacrifice is seen very early in the narrative of man's beginnings. (see Gen.4:3-
The LORD gave specific instructions to Moses regarding the acceptability of the lamb which was to be slain at the Passover and for the sin offering. (see Ex.12:5 ; 22:19-
And so we see JESUS CHRIST who came into the world for the very purpose of bearing the sin debt of HIS people which were given to HIM before the foundation of the world, as that LAMB without blemish or spot. ONE who was already an acceptable sacrifice unto the FATHER since HE was ordained in eternity to be our sin-
HE was ordained to this work before sin ever entered the world or man ever fell. HE is the GOD who changes not. The purpose for which HE entered the world was as our SUBSTITUTE. (see I Tim.1:15) HE was never an unacceptable sacrifice, either in eternity or in time. Had HE at any time actually been tainted or spotted with our sin in HIS person HE could not have been immutable, and having sin would have become an unacceptable sacrifice. Because HE was "without sin" is the very reason HE could take upon HIMSELF our sin-
HE was born of a virgin. Not only was the lamb to be without spot or blemish but it was to be the firstborn. Actually this is but another mark of the lamb's purity in that it had not even shared the womb with another. In the case of JESUS CHRIST, HE was conceived by the HOLY GHOST in the womb of the virgin Mary. The sin of Adam is passed to all of his natural progeny by imputation (see I Cor.15:22 ) and all of his natural descendants share in his guilt and blindly follow in his footsteps gladly sinning. JESUS CHRIST was not Adam's offspring and therefore was "without sin" by natural generation or by imputation as the rest of humanity. HE was without sin except for the sin of HIS elect which was legally imputed to HIM in the same fashion in which HIS righteousness was imputed to them. (see Rom.4:6-
HE is a faithful HIGH PRIEST. The members of the Aaronic priesthood had to make offerings for their own sins as well as the people. But HE who was of the order of Melchisedec never had the taint of sin upon HIM in any sense, otherwise HE could not have gone into the holy place, where HE is now; ever living to make intercession in our behalf. (see Heb.7:11-
HE was laid in a new tomb. (see Luke 23:53) It was necessary for this to be done because the scripture said HE would not "see corruption" (see Ps.16:10) which literally meant HE would not be tainted by it. If as some say HE tasted the corruption of sin in HIS body and HIMSELF became corrupted what difference would it have made for HIM to be placed in a used grave?
HE gladly embraced HIS FATHER's will. Many assume that when HE prayed for the "cup" to pass from HIM that HE had reference to the prospect of crucifixion. I don't think that HE feared pain or death, since HE is the GOD of life and death. Many martyrs have gladly laid down their lives without regard to death, so this was not HIS dilemma. That struggle which gripped HIM was as the full weight of our sin debt was laid upon HIM, HE who desired to be pleasing in the FATHER's sight, knew that HE would have to become unpleasing in HIS FATHER's sight, bearing the guilt of our sin, condemned as a sinner, in order to ultimately fulfill HIS FATHER's will, which thing HE gladly did. (see Heb.12:2)
HE rose from the dead by HIS own power. Those that are in CHRIST whose bodies now sleep in tombs and ashpits around this world shall one day awaken to the sound of HIS voice. HE is become the firstfruits of them that slept. (see I Cor.15:20) There is no resurrection of life to those who are sinners (see John 5:29) but those who stand in the imputed righteousness of CHRIST shall be raised by HIS power over whom the grave and hell hold no authority for in HIM is no sin. "Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me." (John 14:30)