“The next day, John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world’!” John 1:29
Could there ever be more Gospel in one sentence? Here we are told of the one Who removes our sin from us. Why us? Because we too are in the world. We are told this person is Jesus. He is also described as the “lamb of God”. Why “lamb”? Is it just a cute picture of a gentle animal and a quaint description of the humbleness of God? No. It is much more! The lamb was the choice sacrificial animal of the Lord. “Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male… the whole congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight” (Exodus 12:5-6). This Passover was celebrated year after year in Israel’s history, by way of a sacrifice, to remind them of the Salvation of the Lord. This was one of the most memorable ceremonies for the children of God until the time came when God would reveal that there would only be one sacrifice, once and for all, whereby men and women would look back and say, ‘Yes, this is the Salvation of God’. This was the very moment when the lamb became His story!
Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ made the story His when, as a lamb, He sacrificed Himself for the world. That’s how He took our sin away. John the Baptist saw it. And it is his prayer that you and I see it. So do we see it?
“He was oppressed, and He was afflicted… like a lamb led to the slaughter” Isaiah 53:7. We use every piece of Scripture to describe the good news about Jesus, as Philip did for the eunuch. We look at our own lives and we see how much we need Jesus because of our sin. We desire His grace. We desire His mercy. We long for the means by which He grants these blessings to us! What are His means? His Word! Read His Word, for here even you and I have been given a prophecy. One day “no longer will there be anything accursed, but rather will there be the throne of God and the Lamb and His servants will worship Him. They will see His face and His name will be on their foreheads… they will need no light from a lamp or a sun, for the Lord God will be their light and they will reign forever and ever”. Revelation 22:3-5.
Let us pray: Lord God; Lamb of God, thank you for taking away the sins of the world, for having mercy on us and for granting us your peace. Amen.