A Christianís Application of the Poem:
"MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB"
By: Missionary Dr. Phillip R. Allen
Shortly after I was saved (September 1964), the Lord showed me some spiritual truths in the poem "Mary had a little lamb" which really blessed my heart, and which I trust, will be a blessing to you.
"Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece was white as snow;
And everywhere that Mary went
The lamb was sure to go.
It followed her to school one day,
That was against the rule;
It made the children laugh and play
To see a lamb at school.
And so the teacher turned it out,
But still it lingered near,
And waited patiently about
Till Mary did appear.
"Why does the lamb love Mary so?"
The eager children cry,
"Why, Mary loves the lamb you know"
The teacher did reply.
Mary, is the name of the mother of our precious Lord Jesus Christ. "And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And, behold, thou shalt call his name Jesus." Luke 1:30, 31.
Jesus, is the name of the Lamb of God. The fulfillment of all the Old Testament types. "The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." John 1:29.
Fleece white as snow, reminds me of the cleansing Blood of Jesus which cleanses our sins as white as snow. "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." Isaiah 1:18.
Everywhere that Mary went - - this excites me to want to confess Jesus everywhere I go. "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven." Matthew 10:32.
The Lamb was sure to go - - where ever we go, Jesus has promised to go with us. Read Psalm 23. "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen," Matthew 28:19, 20.
Followed Mary to school - - Take Jesus to school with you, young people. "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 5:14-16.
Against the rule - - A well known woman atheist of the United States, has caused the supreme court to rule against prayer and Bible reading in public schools. Understand that it is every personís responsibility to obey the laws of man, that is, unless they are in direct contradiction to the word of God. We are to obey God rather than man. (I published this material in tract form in 1969-70. Today, 30 years later, we all can see the results of such a terrible mistake).
Children laugh and play - - Some may ridicule and make fun of your testimony for Jesus Christ, but remember, they made fun of our precious Lord. "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." II Timothy 3:12.
Teacher turned the little lamb out - - Many public schools, as well as many local churches have turned Jesus out.
Still the lamb lingered near - - and waited patiently about. "Behold, I (Jesus) stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." Revelation 3:20. "Öhim that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." John 6:37b
Why do I love Jesus so? - - "We love him, (Jesus), because he first loved us." I John 4:19.
There is a precious song that tells the old, old story of Jesus and His love - - "O How I Love Jesus." The prophecy of the Suffering Savior found in Isaiah 53 is fulfilled in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Dear reader, are you saved? Do you know where you would go if you were to die this very hour? What are you trusting to get you to heaven when you die? Is it church membership, baptism in water, or your good works? These will never get you to heaven. Only faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on Calvary will get you or anyone else to heaven.
"Ye, (you dear reader) must be born again." John 3:7b. To be "born again" you must believe the gospel of Jesus Christ as the apostle Paul preached it. "For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures." I Corinthians 15:3, 4. You must believe the gospel in your heart, not only with your head.
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." Romans 10:9, 10
"Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever." I Peter 1:23
"Of his own will begat (born) he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures." JAMES 1:18
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. |" Ephesians 2:8, 9.
Dear friend, I welcome your comments and if you need further help, please contact me. I will do what I can to encourage you in the Lord. Use my e-mail address to contact me. God bless you. Thank you for reading this message; please feel free to share it to anyone and everyone you want to.
Yours because His, with Christian love,
Dr. Phillip R. Allen
September 29, 1999