Articles from Guestwriters Part 2 - The Lamb teaches how to bear November 01, 1995
In the school of the Lamb by guestwriter Br. C. Noordzij
In the school of the Lamb

This used to be a part of the series The Hurricane

The Lamb bore our iniquities, Isah. 53:11, sickness (Matt.8:17) and sorrow (Isah.53:4) To bear the iniquities, sickness and sorrow does not just implies the moment the Saviour carried away our sins on the cross, but also His strength, His ability and willingness to bear during His life here on earth as it is written in the Word of God.

What witness did Jesus bore of Himself? That He spoke like none else had done? That He fed five thousand people just with five loafs and two fishes? That He healed many sicknesses and even rose up dead persons? The witness He bore was: Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again (John.10:17)
He had the power to lay down His life and to pore out his soul into the death. (Isha.53:12 literally) Not only afterwards on the cross. His life as the Son of God revealed in flesh, used to be a continuously laying down of His precious life and poring out His soul every single day, into al situations and difficulties. That’s how He grew and ripened to bring the sacrifice on the cross. What a undesirable force He had as the Lamb of God: rejected by His people, not understood by His disciples, distracted to His family if He were mad and brand marked by the leaders of His people as a seducer! And because "as He is, so are we in this world" (1Joh.4:17) The Lamb teaches us to bear, He teaches us to endure and to stand.

One who wants to be an ornament and admired, will never become a pillar

Therefore He says: To him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the Temple of My God (Rev.3:12). Why does He need pillars? Not as a ornament, but to carry. So one who wants to be a ornament and wants to be admired, never will become a pillar. But who overcomes like the Lamb did, will be seated beside Him on the throne and become a pillar in the Temple of God. (Rev 3:21) There is a need for such people. People where the spirit of selfishness, touchiness, confusion, error and partiality are smashed.

In the Ecclesia (the Church) much ability to bear is needed. In the "Temple of God" counts: to endure and to stand! And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.(Isah.32:2) That is how Jesus was as the Lamb of God.

He stood firm like a rock! And even if the rock was beaten, it gave water. (Numb.20:11). When man beat Christ our Rock to death, just love and life streamed out of Him.

What streams out of us when we are beaten? Water that brings life or water that tastes bitter? When Stephen was stoned by his people, he cried with a loud voice: Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep (Acts 7:60). And when Paul was rejected, he said: For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh (Rom.9:3)That is the true capacity to endure in practice! For this thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully (1Pet.2:19) Stephen and Paul were both in school of the Lamb.

Guestwriter Br. C. Noordzij
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Thanks to Kleinood from the IHAO Community for translating this article from Dutch to English !