Of Christ the Mediator.
Chapter 8, Paragraph 6.
“… and the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world,…”
Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
While Jesus died in a particular point in time, He is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Before time began, the Son freely agreed to be the redeemer of the elect. It was ordained that He would take on human flesh, live a sinless life, endure the wrath of God on the cross, and purchase an inheritance for His people. Because this was purposed in eternity past, the virtue, efficacy, and benefit of Jesus’ life and death were bestowed on His elect in every age.
The Israelite slaves in Egypt were told to slaughter a lamb and to spread its blood over the doorposts of their homes. In this way, when the tenth plague came, a plague that brought death, the Lord passed over the houses that showed the blood. Like the Passover lamb, Jesus saved His people from death through the shedding of His blood.
Once again we remember that salvation was God’s plan from the beginning. He has full control and knowledge of this universe. No event in history has ever been outside of His providence, and that includes the redemption of sinners. Jesus satisfied divine justice by fulfilling the law that we could not, and receiving the punishment we deserve. Because of Him, we are counted as righteous. The Lamb that was slain is our Savior.
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and blessing!
Questions to Consider
- Does knowing that Jesus is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world bring comfort?