Read John 1:29:
29 “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
The Lamb of God is a phrase so rarely thought about. We may hear it mentioned occasionally in church, we may sing it in some old hymns, and we may even say ourselves that Jesus is the Lamb of God. But what does the phrase mean? And what was John the Baptist meaning when he cried out in John 1:29.
In Exodus 12, God speaks to Moses about what the Hebrews need to do in order to protect themselves from suffering the loss of their firstborn. They are to kill a lamb without blemish and paint the frames of their doors with the blood. When the Lord sees this blood, He will pass over that house and spare them. Thus the Passover occurs and the Passover lamb enters the history of the Jewish people.
Now, we look ahead to Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God. The Old Testament is full of pictures and symbols which point to Jesus Christ. Paul utilized this when he preached the gospel to unbelievers. One example is in Acts 17:11, where the Bereans are checking the Scriptures to see if what he has said is actually true. There was no New Testament in those days, so the Scriptures referred to are clearly the Old Testament. Paul preached the gospel of Jesus Christ from the Old Testament. A lot of people have neglected the OT now and focus exclusively on the NT. However, the OT is full of pictures, imagery, and symbols of the work of Christ. It is a valuable and inspired part of the Bible.
Jesus’ life was perfect – He was unblemished in any way. So He became a sin offering for men. Now, remembering back to how the sin offering worked in Leviticus, the animal (lamb) was killed outside of the camp and the blood was taken into the holy place. Likewise, Jesus was crucified and died outside of Jerusalem (Heb 13:12). 2Cor 5:21 says that “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us”. He bore the punishment we ourselves should have borne but could not. The trespasses we have committed against God and other people (attitudes, actions, motives, etc.) demand restitution of some kind. We owe a debt to God for our sin and in that regard, Jesus paid that penalty. He made restitution through His death on our behalf so that we might be able to walk right with God and that we might become righteous before Him. This allows us to partake in heaven for eternity!
So as you read this, ask yourself, are you protected by the blood of the Lamb? Has the perfect lamb of God been sacrificed for you? Come before the Lord and acknowledge that you are a sinner, that you are sorry and that you want the forgiveness of the Lord. Then give your life to Him as your Lord and Savior. Then we can kneel down together and cry out with John the Baptist, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the World!”.