The centrality of the lamb!

Posted: September 29, 2011 in Jesus Christ
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The LAMB is the bridegroom and his people the Bride; so it’s a loving union.

The LAMB is the foundation and his people the building; so it is a lasting union.

The LAMB is the temple, object of his people’s worship; so it is an adoring union.

The LAMB is the luminary radiating glory light; so it is a transfiguring union.

The LAMB is the portal, so nothing that defiles can enter; so it’s a holy Union.

The LAMB is the life and we share in that life; So it’s a life union.

The LAMB is ever living, ever loving everlasting glory of that city

LIGHT of that city is the face of Jesus

MUSIC of that city is the praise of Jesus

THEME of the city is the love of Jesus

JOY of the city is the presence of Jesus

EMPLOYMENT of the city is the service of Jesus

STRENGTH of the city is the omnipotence of Jesus

MAGNETIC CENTRE and glory of that city is the eternity of Jesus

THE DURATION of that city is the eternity of Jesus

THE LAMB is all the glory in Emmanuel’s land

By

JS Baxter.

Hebrews 11: 10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker [is] God

Baxter Testimony

He did not want God to interfere with his life; he had chosen his own
way. He was a bright student. Handsome. The girls liked him. His fellow
athletes admired him. He felt he did not need God. Yet, try as he might, Sid
could not outrun God. There was the daily witness of his mother, who prayed and
sang hymns around the house. There was the preaching at the Methodist church
that he still attended out of respect for his mother. His intellect was telling
him he was fine without God; his heart was telling him otherwise.

What impact the printed sermons (two thousand in all) of Charles H.
Spurgeon have had on eternity only the courts of heaven know. Prisoners in
foreign lands, getting their hands on a sermon of Spurgeon, would read and be
converted to Christianity. Called the “Prince of Preachers,” Spurgeon filled
the five-thousand-seat Metropolitan Tabernacle in London every week until his
death in 1892. And it was one of these printed sermons that fell into the hands
of young Sid that would radically change his life.

One evening, while sitting up in bed, Sid was reading a sermon of
Spurgeon. Sid had been taught since childhood the truths of the Bible, but they
had lain dormant in his mind, producing no fruit. As he read about Christ’s
work on the cross and how Jesus died for him—that sin was a hereditary
condition and that religion in itself never saved a soul—suddenly a light broke
forth in his mind. He saw spiritual truths he had never before realized. It
wasn’t long after that evening when the sixteen-year-old gave his life to
Christ. He came to trust in Jesus as his Lord and Savior while attending an
evangelistic campaign that was conducted by Frederick and Arthur Wood, founders
of the National Young Life Campaign in Britain. He would eventually join the
Young Life Campaign as the touring piano player.

In his book The Master Theme of the Bible, he talks about that turning
point in his life.

I could not easily put into words what it meant to me when the bigger,
pretemporal, preterrestrial, supercosmic meanings of the Cross really broke
through into my own thinking. It gave a new poise of reassurance to my mind
that nothing since, either outward or inward, has disturbed.

Everything began to look different. God and the universe, time and
history, permitted sin and suffering, the future of our world, and destiny
beyond the grave all took on a new complexion. It did not suddenly answer all
the interim questions relating to permitted troubles, and injustices now, but
it utterly answered that deep-down question beneath all others as to the
integrity and safety and beneficence of the universe—and of God. Problems of
providence, painful enigmas, poignant puzzles of permitted injustice, and other
mysteries still remained, but now I saw the light of that guaranteeing Cross streaming
with prophetic promise through them all. In William Cowper’s words, behind
every “frowning providence” there was the “smiling face” of temporarily hidden
good purpose. Through every dark cloud I saw that gleaming rainbow of
evangelical covenant which overarches the throne of grace.

With deepening adoration I began to discern more surely that in a way
that only the crimson of Calvary could express it, God had given himself not
only for me, but to me, if my loving trust would have him! I began to see, in
Calvary’s boundless dimensions and unobliterable guarantee, the love that would
never give me up and never let me go. All fear became inexcusable, except the
fear of grieving such a God, who had now made me so willingly his again, and
himself so dearly mine. It set my heart singing with richer gratitude, Wade
Robinson’s words:

Heav’n above is softer blue,
Earth around is sweeter green;
Something lives in ev’ry hue
Christless eyes have never seen!
Birds with gladder songs o’erflow,
Flow’rs with deeper beauties shine,
Since I know, as now I know,
I am His, and He is mine.

Sidlow’s life was changing. He was singing a new song. His mother’s
heart had never been gladder.

For the full testimony see                    http://www.christianbookpreviews.com/christian-book-excerpt.php?isbn=0801012740

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