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When a Name is More Than a Name

As we look at the name John the Baptist calls Jesus in John 1:29 and 36 (the Lamb of God), and compare it to how the name of Jesus is used in Revelation, several key points quickly come to the surface.  For example, when we see Jesus referred to as “Jesus” or “Jesus Christ” in Revelation, it is usually associated with an attribute or characteristic of Jesus, and not as a description of His person.

In other words, John uses phrases like the “testimony of Jesus” (Rev. 1:2, 9; 12:17; 19:10), or the “witness of Jesus” (Rev. 20:4), or the “patience of Jesus” (Rev. 9), or even the “faith of Jesus” (Rev. 14:12), to describe something associated with Jesus the person, but not as a term describing Jesus as a person.


The Name of Jesus in Revelation

The descriptive phrase John uses to describe Jesus in Revelation is the same phrase John the Baptist uses to introduce Him to the world in John 1:29.  And that phrase is “Lamb of God” or, simply, “Lamb.”  Consider the following:

And I looked, and behold,  in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. (Revelation 5:6).

This is a description of Jesus, the person.

Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come and see.” (Revelation 6:1).

Again, John is describing Jesus as the person opening one of the seals, and not one of His attributes.  And He calls Him the “Lamb”.

Take a moment and do a quick Bible search and look at how often John refers to Jesus as the “Lamb” in Revelation and then ask yourself, Why?  Could there be more to this than what it seems like on the surface?  And how did John the Baptist know to call Jesus the “Lamb of God”?

This is just a sneak peek into all the Lord has for us to learn about Him in this wondrous name of Jesus, the “Lamb of God.”  Keep listening to find out more.


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