A Threefold Taking

Three times the compound word “paralambano” occurs in John’s Gospel. The word means to take near to one’s self, hence to have with one the object thus taken. “Lambano” occurs many times in the aforesaid Gospel, at least forty-five times, and is generally given “receive” and “took;” but where the prefix “para” is added to “lambano” it means to take near to one’s self.

1. Rejection. The Spirit’s lament about Christ’s own is, “His own received Him not” (Joh_1:11). Being His kinsmen and possessions, they should not only “receive” (lambano) Him, but receive Him near with glad hearts, surrendered wills, and communing spirits. What an added touch of meaning is given when the Spirit goes on to say, “As many as received (lambano) Him, to them gave He the right to become the children of God” (Joh_1:12). Those who were not His kinsmen who receive Him, become His kinsmen. Those who had not the relationship of life, by the life of relationship enter into a closer bond.

2. Crucifixion. “And they took (paralambano) Jesus and led Him away.” This was after Pilate had weakly and against his conviction delivered Him to be crucified. Wicked hands took Him near to themselves and led Him to the “place of a skull.” Their ill-intent of wickedness carried out the God-intent of purpose—Act_2:23. The manner of His death was prophesied—Joh_19:37; its cause was sin—Rom_4:25; its power was love—Gal_2:20; its basis was grace—Heb_2:9; its unfolding is wisdom—1Co_1:23; its practicality is separation from self, sin, and the world—Rom_6:6; Gal_5:24; Gal_6:14; and its end is identification with Christ—Mat_27:44; Gal_2:20. The word “crucified with” in these passages signifies co-crucifixion.

3. Expectation. “I will come again and receive you to Myself,” or, as it might be given, “I am coming to take you to be near to Myself” (Joh_14:3). When Christ returns for His own, He comes as the Saviour to redeem—Rom_8:23; as the Uniter to gather—1Th_4:13-18; as the Blessed Hope to gladden—Tit_2:13; as the Transformer to glorify—Php_3:20-21; as the Lover to present—Eph_5:27; as the Lord to reward—1Co_3:14; 1Co_4:5; and as the Friend to receive to Himself.

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