Lamb of God – John 1:29
In John 1:29, Jesus is called the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. In the Old Testament, when the Israelites sinned, they were to bring either a goat or a lamb as an offering for their sins (Leviticus 4:2, 27-28 & 32). However, the blood of such animals could never truly take away the sins of the people (Hebrews 10:4). These sacrifices were intended, rather, to point to Christ, and the work He would do for us at the cross.
Over 2,000 years ago, the perfect sacrifice – the true Lamb of God, who would take away our sins – was born into the world. God sent Him to be our sin offering (Romans 8:3), giving His life for us at the cross.
Just as in the Old Testament, an innocent lamb became the sacrifice for the sins of the guilty, our sinless Savior died for us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8). In the same way that the transgressor was the one to slay the lamb (Leviticus 4:33), so was it for our sake that the Son of God gave His life. As the blood of the sacrificial lamb was poured out at the base of the alter (Leviticus 4:34), so was the blood of Jesus poured out for us, that we might be justified (Romans 5:9). Just as the lambs that were brought as an offering for the sins of the people were burned on the alter (Leviticus 4:35), Jesus endured the fiery wrath of God’s anger against sin at the cross.
Jesus truly was the Lamb of God, who took away the sins of the world. In Him is found the fulfillment of the sacrifices offered in the Old Testament. Because of His death at the cross, our sins have been removed from us. We have been completely forgiven, because of the price that He paid. Let’s give thanks to Him for all that He has done for us!
“I am His because He is . . . the Lamb of God who rolled away the stone in front of every grave.”
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