January 07, 2013
As He Walked
John … looking upon Jesus as He walked … behold the Lamb of God
It was the next day, the day following the announcement that God’s Lamb had come. As John stood, possibly among a group of his disciples, he once again saw the Lord Jesus. As he looked upon Him as He walked, John again confessed to all, “Behold the Lamb of God.”
Several things are noteworthy in the verse at which we are looking just now.
The word for “looking” is the word, enblepo, which means to fix your gaze, to become enraptured with that upon which you are gazing. John was absorbed with the beauty of Christ.
Our verse says as well, that he looked upon Jesus “as He walked.” While this was a definitive time and event, tracing the walk of the Lord Jesus through the Gospel of John leads to a similar appreciation for the beauty of the person.
The walk of the Lord Jesus Christ thrills the believer. He was the perfect Man of Psalm 1 who did not walk in the counsel of the ungodly. His walk was ever in fellowship with God. He ignored the counsel of His unsaved brothers and walked in Galilee, not in Judea (ch 7:1). He went against the counsel of the bigoted Jew and must go to Samaria to meet a woman in need (ch 4). His movements throughout John’s account tell of One Who was walking in wisdom toward all.
In the Old Testament picture of the Burnt Offering, as the dismembered lamb was placed on the altar, the inwards and the legs were placed together. This was symbolic and prophetic of the One Whose walk would be controlled by perfect inward affections for the God He served.
The Lamb of God’s providing is presented to us in John’s Gospel and we have the privilege of beholding His head and His legs, and the inwards, His head and His “fat” or zeal. All was placed upon the altar for God. As we behold Him, fixing our gazing steadfastly upon Him, we, like John, can only exclaim, “Behold the Lamb of God!”
1. Gather up all the titles and names which John uses in this section for the Lord Jesus Christ and all the truths about His person.
2. In verse 34, John bears witness that this is “The Son of God.” This is the first of seven testimonies to the fact that He is the Son of God. Notice them throughout the Gospel.
3. It is only John who tells us in verse 33 that the Spirit not only descended, but remained or abode on Him.