Behold, the Lamb of God

view of London Park's Crystal Palace from the outside.
By Read & Co. Engravers & Printers – View from the Knightsbridge Road of The Crystal Palace in Hyde Park for Grand International Exhibition of 1851. Dedicated to the Royal Commissioners., London: Read & Co. Engravers & Printers, 1851., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48718934

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, NKJV

The great 19th century British preacher Charles Spurgeon was set to deliver a service in London’s Crystal Palace. This huge structure was originally built in Hyde Park for the Great Exhibition of 1851. It held 990,000 square feet of floor space, stretching 1,851 feet long with an interior ceiling rising to 128 feet. The glass allowed for natural light to come in while keeping rain out.

It was later relocated to the south of London, and remained standing as a landmark until it was destroyed by fire between the World Wars.

In 1857, Spurgeon reserved the space for worship services. Over 23,000 people would attend to listen to his sermon.

Spurgeon related an amusing story about preparing for that sermon, one that led to a difference in one man’s life. This was relayed by Randy Alcorn in his book, We Shall See God.

 

In 1857, a day or two before preaching at the Crystal Palace, I went to decide where the platform should be fixed; and, in order to test the acoustic properties of the building, cried in a loud voice, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” In one of the galleries, a workman, who knew nothing of what was being done, heard the words, and they came like a message from heaven to his soul. He was smitten with conviction on account of sin, put down his tools, went home, and there, after a season of spiritual struggling, found peace and life by beholding the Lamb of God.

Randy Alcorn, We Shall See God: Charles Spurgeon’s Classic Devotional Thoughts on Heaven (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale, 2011), 108.

 

Alcorn indicated the man would be forever grateful that when Spurgeon did a sound check that day, he did not simply count to ten.

Today, it’s your turn. Behold, the Lamb of God!

 

 

Verses on the Trinity

Dr. A. Kurt Weiss was an Austrian-born Jew and Holocaust survivor. He managed to make it to England, then the United States to Oklahoma Baptist in 1942. At 19 he was far from home with no money, friends or family. People in Shawnee immediately started praying for him, hoping to convert him to Christianity.

Several people indicated verses in the Old Testament that pointed to Jesus. Weiss remained resistant until another Austrian-born Jew visited him, Dr. Jacob Gartenhaus. Gartenhaus was Jewish, but also a Christian.

Eventually, in his own studies of the scriptures, Weiss came across what is widely considered one of the definitive verses in the Old Testament pointing to the Trinity: Isaiah 48:16.

Come near to Me, listen to this:
From the first I have not spoken in secret,
From the time it took place, I was there.
And now the Lord GOD has sent Me, and His Spirit.

– Isaiah 48:16 (NASB)

This verse, in fact indicates three people who are all God: the speaker, God, and the Spirit.

That did it for Weiss. He became a Hebrew Christian, and remained active in the faith the rest of his years.

BibleStudyTools has a list of 26 verses about the Trinity. God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are all one God. And praise God for that fact.

 

Dr. Weiss’s life details are from:

James C. Hefley, Adventurers with God: Fifteen Scientists Share Their Christian Faith, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1967).

Verses in Times of Trouble

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has a great list of 15 verses for troubling times, offering comfort to all who seek it.

They are:

Psalm 27:1
Deuteronomy 31:8
Psalm 23:4
Job 5:11
Lamentations 3:22-23
John 14:27
Psalm 46:1
2 Corinthians 1:3
Psalm 119:76
John 16:33
Psalm 139:11-12
Isaiah 49:13
Matthew 5:4
Psalm 55:22
Romans 8:37-39

Matthew 28:5-7

Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.”
– Matthew 28:5-7 (NLT)

 

He is risen indeed! Happy Easter!