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Behold the Lamb of God

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 (KJB)

John the Baptist had a spiritual understanding that exceeded most of his contemporaries. We see by John’s reference to Jesus Christ as “the Lamb” that came to make the ultimate sacrifice for sin how profound his spiritual truth was. Others referred to Jesus as “Lord” or “Christ,” but only John the Baptist announced him as the Lamb who had come to make a sacrifice that so completely satisfied God that it could be said that He came to take away the SIN of the entire world.

The Lamb
John 1:36 (KJB)   And looking 
upon Jesus as he walked,
he saith,
Behold the Lamb of God!

It is interesting to note that the first time – the Lamb of God came it was very quiet, without display or glory. Nobody knew when He was coming, not the Jews, the rulers, nobody knew the Lamb was coming. John the Baptist was here for that very reason, to publicly announce the coming of the Lamb, the visible revelation of “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world!

What is in the name “the Lamb of God?” Jesus was meek, gentle, humble like a lamb. This name means He is the great sacrifice for sin promised from the beginning of time and all through the Old Testament. The blood of the lambs slain from the Garden of Eden to Calvary pointed to this Lamb who John announced this day. The true Lamb that Abraham, on Mount Moriah, told Isaac God would provide.

And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

Genesis 22:8 (KJB)

Jesus Christ was the Lamb that every daily sacrifice in the temple had pointed, and if He had not come those offerings would have been in vain. Isaiah had prophesied about this Lamb:

Isaiah 53:7 (KJB) He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

Jesus is the Lamb that was typified by the Passover lamb in Egypt. He is the Promised One, the Great Propitiation for sin, the One that God sent into the world to make atonement for sin. John announced that day, God’s true and perfect Lamb.

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 (KJB)

John announced not only WHO the Lamb of God was, but he also announced WHY He had come – “to take away the sin of the world!” This must have been devastating to the Jewish people who were expecting their Messiah – a mighty Ruler who would end the tyranny of the Romans. John announced a Saviour – they were expecting a King! Jesus had come to do for sinners what we could never do for ourselves. The Lamb came to purchase with His blood what money could not buy.

1 John 2:2 (KJB) And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

Notice at the end of John 1:29, the Lamb came to “taketh away the sin of the world” – not the sins of some, or a few, or of the select, elect group. Let’s not destroy or cheapen the reason why Jesus Christ came the first time by changing the intended purpose. Jesus came to “taketh away the sins of” – the Jews, Gentiles, rich, poor, educated, uneducated, it makes absolutely no difference. Jesus came to take away the sin of whosoever will believe on His name and trust in His precious blood.

On the cross, Jesus Christ purchased redemption for whomsoever with His blood and, the moment we believe in His finished work, we are redeemed as fully as we will ever be redeemed.

Our world is constantly changing and leaves many in fear, doubt, wondering how they will get by, wondering how they will go on. If you believe in the Lamb, that Jesus had already purchased your redemption on the cross thousands of years ago, we have nothing to be concerned about. What lies ahead in our journey is far more significant that what is behind or what we endure today.

1 Peter 1:19-21 (KJB) “But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.”

I pray that this message is helpful and that you are trusting in “the Lamb of God!

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