In John Chapter One, we are introduced to Jesus as the Word. Later in that same chapter, we are introduced to John the Baptist, the one who was to prepare the way for Christ. Then, in John 1:29, we are again introduced to Jesus, this time as the Lamb of God – “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”
Look, see, the Lamb of God! We need to do more than merely look; we need to focus our attention on Jesus Christ. We need to concentrate on Christ. To closely examine His life so that we may learn from Him.
“Behold, the Lamb of God” reminds us of Jesus’ purpose for being made in the flesh and dwelling among us – to offer His life as a sacrifice for our sin. Isaiah 53:6-7 portrays Jesus as a submissive sacrifice. Also see I Peter 2:21-23. Jesus was a substitute sacrifice in that He bore the consequences of our sin.
“Behold, the Lamb of God” reminds us that Jesus is the only sacrifice that could ever provide us with the forgiveness of our sin. Nothing else and no one else would ever do! Acts 4:12 – “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
“Behold, the Lamb of God” reminds us that Jesus was sent by God. John 3:16-17 – “16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” God sending His Son to save man was a sign of God’s great love for all mankind.
“Behold, the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” reminds us of the power of the blood of the Lamb. Jesus is not a Lamb that makes it possible for us to ignore our sin, hide our sin or gloss over our sin. Jesus, as the Lamb of God, offered his life for us in order that our sin could be taken away. Because of the power of the blood of the Lamb our sin is taken from our lives, never to be brought up again. 1 Peter 1:18-19 – “18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:”
Makes you wonder, doesn’t it. Why do we often try so hard to cling to that which Jesus wants to take away?