“Behold the Lamb of God!”
Who is it [that] calls upon you, my soul, to this most gratifying and enriching of all employments? Is it not God the Holy Ghost by the ministry of His servant Isiah, when He bids you behold Him “in whom my soul delighteth” (Isa. 42:1)? And is it not Jesus Himself calling, again and again in the ministry of His Word and ordinances upon your poor forgetful heart, when He says, “Look unto me [that is, Behold Me! Behold Me”], and by ye saved” (Isa. 45:22)!
And will you not obey the sweet and gracious calls on which all your present peace and everlasting happiness depend? Precious, precious Jesus! Yes, my Lord, I think I would so look unto You and so behold You, until my whole heart and all its affections followed my eyes, and left not a thought behind for a single object besides You. I would eye You, dear Redeemer, as the Lamb of God-both where You once were and where You now are, and follow You withersoever You go.
I would behold You, as the Lamb of God, set up in the decrees of eternity from everlasting for You are “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Rev. 13:8). I would behold You set forth in all the representations of Your redeeming blood, in the innumerable sacrifices of the Law, and in the lamb of the morning and the lamb of the evening. Through the intermediate ages to Your coming.
I would behold You, O unequally pattern of excelling meekness, when in the days of our flesh You walked through the streets of Jerusalem, and when as a lamb You were led to the slaughter. I would eye You, O Lamb of God, until my eye-strings could no longer-when as the Lamb of God and my soul’s Surety,29 You hung upon the tree, putting away sin and satisfying divine justice by the sacrifice of Yourself. And never would I take off my eyes from Your cross, until called by You to behold Yourself as a Lamb in the midst of the throne, where You are feeding Your Church above, and dispensing blessings to all Your Church below.
Yes, yes, blessed triumphant Lamb of God. You are the Lamb of God, You are the Lamb still. Change of place has made no change in Your nature, Your love, or the efficacy 30 of Your redemption. You still appear as a Lamb that has been slain (Rev. 5:6). And still You bear on Your glorified body the marks of my redemption. Shall I not behold You then, dearest Jesus? Shall I not unceasingly behold You, thus called upon by the Father, Son, and Spirit, and thus finding everything that can satisfy my most unbounded desires for time and eternity? Help me, blessed Jesus, so to look, and so to live upon You. And oh, do behold me, and bid me live, and make me Yours forever.
29Surety-one who assumes the responsibilities or debts of another; as our Surety, Christ guaranteed a full legal satisfaction for our sin and our deliverance upon His payment of our debt upon Calvary’s cross (Heb. 7:22).