Monday, November 17, 2008

Agnus Dei


We were travelling last weekend…
and once we’re “all talked out” –
(some of you probably think that would never happen with us?!) –
we usually put in a CD and get lost in our own thoughts!

I put in a CD by Michael W. Smith and this song came on…

To me, it is ONE of the most beautiful, worshipful,
praise songs ever written.
When I hear this song, no matter where I am,
I feel the presence of our LORD descend,
and I praise HIM -
“Worthy is the Lamb”!

The words in this song say this:
The Lord God Almighty reigns,
Holy are You, Lord God Almighty,
Worthy is the Lamb”

I didn’t take Latin in High School –
[I don’t think they even offer it anymore???]
I did know that “Dei” meant God…. but didn’t know the rest!
So … here’s hoping this will bless you as much as it did me!

“AGNUS DEI” is Latin for “The Lamb of God”.
“ALLELUIA” is Latin for the Hebrew word meaning “Praise”;
“Hallelujah” is the English version of “Alleluia”…

Both words are now used in English to signify Praise of God!
Among Christians today “Hallelujah” and “Praise the Lord”
are spontaneous expressions of joy,
thanksgiving, and praise towards God!

Isaiah chapter 53 gives a picture of the coming Messiah;
Verse 7 states - …he was led like a lamb to the slaughter…
Here we have the prophet Isaiah foretelling that the expected Messiah
is the Lamb of God.

Before Jesus came to earth and went to the cross to atone for our sin,
lambs were slain as a sacrifice for sin!
The Passover is documented in Exodus 12… a lamb is slain –
one per household -
and the blood of the lamb is to be spread on the doorframes
(top and sides)
of the houses where they eat the lambs;
this blood will be a sign to God that the people inside
have sacrificed to Him, and they will be spared.
The blood of the sacrificial lamb will spare their lives from destruction!

The blood of Jesus saves us from eternal destruction!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold!
The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
John 1:29

Again , the next day, John stood with two of his disciples.
And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!”
John 1:35

John the Baptist was telling people about the coming Messiah.
This particular day he saw Jesus and knew he was in the presence of the Lamb of God!
I can only speak for myself, but when I think of a lamb I picture a sweet,
gentle, little animal covered in white cotton-like fur!

The people of John the Baptist’s time would have pictured an animal that they had carried to slaughter many times, as they were required to do daily,
weekly, and for special sacrifices,
with the lamb being the most chosen animal to sacrifice!
I can’t help but wonder what they thought when they heard those words
used to describe this man.

Revelation 4 and 5 give us a picture of heaven!
God’s throne room, all that was there, and what was taking place!

Please spend some time meditating on these chapters –
you will be truly blessed when you do!

Revelation 5:5 -
Jesus is called the “Lion of Judah”, the “Root of David” –
Both of these titles are messianic
titles for Jesus.
Then the writer goes on to tells us of the Lamb -
Who is worthy!

Verse 9 – And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to
take the scroll, and to open its seals;
for You were slain ,
and have redeemed us to God by Your blood…”

This just excites me!
He is worthy of our praise!
And so much more!
He is worthy of us giving our lives completely to Him;
worthy of our service, our sacrifice, our worship!

Alleluia! You Are Worthy!
Praise You, Jesus!
Thank You for Your sacrifice for me!

I have just touched the tip of the iceberg when it comes to telling you “Who Jesus is”!
If you don’t know Him yet, or are searching for answers,
or have need of prayer - please feel free to leave a comment -
and I will respond via email!

Jesus loves YOU!
Take a moment and lift your heart to Him!
Think about what He has done for you as your eternal sacrifice!
KNOW that He stands next to God in heaven!
Waiting to meet you there!

Blessings to you this day!

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