The next day he saw Jesus coming to him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! (Jn. 1:29 NAS)
John the Baptist saw Jesus coming to him, and immediately declared to everyone standing by, “behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” It was an exciting moment for John to announce to the world that God has sent His Lamb for a sacrifice. This was the fulfillment of the prophetic word that Abraham told his son upon mount Moriah, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son”. (Gen. 22:8 NAS). John said to everybody “see, the Lamb of God is here!”
Jesus came into the world to die as a sin offering, so that the sins of the entire world can be paid. As a Lamb, His very life, body, and blood, was the sacrifice so that we can be made whole. Lambs, sheep, and goats in the Old Testament were used as sacrifices, because their blood could be used as a sacrifice for the sins of the men and women offering them. It implied they were killed in the place of the people who offered them. This was only a shadow, because the blood of sheep and goats could never truly take away sins (Heb. 10:11). John told his audience “behold the Lamb of God is here!” Our sins are paid. He died for sins He did not commit, as a lamb is innocently sacrificed for the people who offer it.
Ponder and mutter the verse above. Think upon it to get it to sink into you, and declare it to yourself. Have you really seen Christ as the Lamb of God in all that He is?
Thank and praise the Lord for sending us His Lamb to rescue us from sin.
APPLY THE WORD TODAY!
God sent a Lamb, and so you are not expected to be a lamb yourself. I have heard of stories of people inflicting punishment upon themselves to show remorse for their sins, and to ask for forgiveness. Do not waste your life trying to duplicate the work of Christ. Just “behold the Lamb!”. See Him in your place. You behold by believing. Look and live!
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