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SELAH! Pause - reflect- just think of that!
Feasting on the Lamb
The same Passover lamb that was slain and its blood smeared on the doorpost and the lintel in the Jewish home was the lamb that the people ate for the journey out of Egypt (Exodus 12:11, 46).
Everything the people needed for life that night was provided by the substitutionary lamb. The blood of the lamb covered their sins. The lamb gave his blood to redeem them, and he gave his life for them to eat and be nourished for the journey (Exo. 12:1-14). They lived their redeemed life out of the life of the lamb. They lived in the strength provided by the lamb. The Passover lamb became their nourishment for the journey in the night.
The Christian life is lived on the life of the Lamb of God.
We are never ready to start the journey in the Christian life until we feast upon the lamb God has provided. We go about trying to live the spiritual life in the energy of the flesh. It will not work; it never has worked. Life in the energy of the flesh will die. God puts His life in us, and we must feast upon the Lamb of God to sustain His life in us.
God imparts His life to us and He will live it through us (Rom. 5:10). Jesus said, “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life” (John 6:54). We have God’s life by appropriating the Lamb of God (John 6:27). Everything is centered on Jesus Christ. He is all we ever need for this new life in Christ. The only life that pleases God is His life and the life of His Son.
The Christian life is Jesus living His life in you, through you, and as you. It must always be His life flowing through us. “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?” It is spiritual appropriation of Christ by faith. “I live, yet not I; Christ lives in me.” “Christ in you is the hope of glory.” “For me, to live is Christ.” Who is the one living? Christ. But whom do you see when you look at Him? You and me. He is in us living His life as us.
Just as Christ let the Father live His life through Him (John 4:34), so we too must allow Him permission to live His life in and through us. We must learn to live out of the resources of His life.
Jesus Christ has entered a vital union with us. His Spirit is joined to our spirit. In the spiritual reality He resides with us. We are vessels, clay pots made available to Him.
Jesus is the Bread of Life, and only He can satisfy the deepest needs of the soul. There is no need that you have that He cannot satisfy. He said, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I shall give for the life of the world is My flesh" (John 6:51).
Jesus died for our sins as the Lamb of God, and in His resurrection life we now have His life. In His righteousness we are now reckoned righteous in the sight of a holy God.
Are you feeding on the Lamb of God? It must be personal. Only you can do it. Jesus is our daily bread and we must feast upon Him every day. He alone satisfies. You must eat to live.
How do you feed upon the Lamb of God? It means to believe on Jesus and commit your life to Him. By faith you take Jesus into yourself so that He becomes a part of you, and you of Him. To know Jesus Christ is to have eternal life. It is a relationship with a person, the Son of God.
Is Jesus Christ as real to you spiritually as something you can taste? Is He as much a part of you as the food you eat? Are you going to Jesus daily and drawing upon His abundance? He gives His food in abundance. He never stops giving until we stop asking. If we are poor, hungry, weak and tired spiritually it is because we do not go to the Lamb of God and feed upon Him daily. Have you asked Him to supply your every need? He will fill your empty vessel with Himself and His sustenance. He is the all-sufficient Lamb of God.
We eat Him daily by committing ourselves to Him a fresh each day. “Lord Jesus, this day belongs to you. Here is my life, Come live your life in and through me.” What began at conversion when we put our trust in Christ as our Savior continues throughout this life and in eternity.
Eternal life is God’s life, and it is without end because He is without end. We have entered into a life transforming union with Christ. “Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in me, and I in him.” We are joined to Jesus and He to us spiritually. We have received His life and we are to keep on receiving it in increasing abundance throughout eternity. God has promised to keep on enlarging our spiritual life until Christ is reproduced in all His fullness in us.
As we feed upon Christ daily we receive strength for living the abundant life. The only way we can live is by feeding upon Him. We draw upon His power and nourishment. “I live by faith in the Son of God” (Gal. 2:20b).
Jesus imparts and sustains the kind of life that will continue forever. You will never exhaust Him in this life or in eternity. We grow spiritually in our living relationship with Christ by feeding upon Him day by day. He will satisfy all your spiritual needs if you will come to Him daily. Go ahead and ask Him, “Lord, give me your spiritual bread that comes down from heaven today.” That is the only way to grow spiritually. Draw from the fullness of His presence moment by moment.
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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Wil is a graduate of William Carey University, B. A.; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Th. M.; and Azusa Pacific University, M. A. He has pastored in Panama, Ecuador and the U. S, and served for over 20 years as missionary in Ecuador and Honduras. He had a daily expository Bible teaching ministry head in over 100 countries from 1972-2005. He continues to seek opportunities to be personally involved in world missions. Wil and his wife Ann have three grown daughters. He currently serves as a Baptist pastor and teaches seminary extension courses in Ecuador.
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