LAMB OF GOD
next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, 'Behold!
The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"
(John 1:29, NKJV).
of Jesus as the Lamb of God is unique to the apostle John.
He is the only New Testament writer to identify Christ directly
as the Lamb. The designation of Christ as the Lamb occurs
twenty-seven times in John's writings. In the Gospel of John,
Christ is the "Lamb of God who takes away the sin of
the world" (John 1:29, NKJV). In the Apocalypse, He is
"the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world"
(Revelation 13:8, NKJV).
"Behold! The Lamb of God," was a recognition that
at last Christ, the antitypical lamb, had appeared in fulfillment
of the prophecy (see Isaiah 53:2-7). All the lambs offered
on the altars of the Jewish sacrificial system prefigured
the atoning work of Jesus, the Lamb of God.
emphasizes Christ's innocence, perfection of character, and
submission to God's will. He is the paschal Lamb through whose
precious blood there is cleansing and deliverance. The announcement,
"Behold! the Lamb of God," further identifies Christ
as the one who "takes away the sin of the world"
(John 1:29, NKJV). Jesus is the sin bearer and sin remover.
can ultimately eradicate the deadly virus of sin forever.
Let us rejoice that the Lamb of God has lifted the insufferable
burden of sin from our shoulders and has set us free! Therefore,
"We are to contemplate the character of Christ. We are
to meditate upon the Cross of Calvary; for it is the unanswerable
argument of Christianity. The message we are to bear to the
impenitent, the warning we are to give to backsliders, is,
'Behold! The Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the
world.' "--Bible Echo and Signs of the Times,
November 1, 1893.
Prayer Today: Lord, I come just as I am. Wash me
in Your atoning blood and clothe me in Your righteousness.