Behold the Lamb!

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

John 1:29

I’ve been thinking about this verse for quite a while now.  Jesus is often referred to a “the Lamb” or “a Lamb” in the Bible.  This verse gives us the perfect picture of His sacrifice on the cross for us.

“Behold the Lamb of God.”  In the Old Testament, lambs were sacrificed to God for the sins of the people.  But these sacrifices could not take away sin.  They were not perfect.  They could only “cover” the sins of the people until there was found a perfect sacrifice.  But the Lamb of God was that perfect sacrifice.  When Jesus came, there were no more sacrifices needed.  He was the one sacrifice- the one perfect sacrifice.

“That taketh away the sin of the world.”  This is my favorite part of the verse.  Notice what it does not say.  It does not say that He “covers” the sin of the world.  It does not even say that He “forgives” the sin of the world.  Of course, both of those things are true.  But this verse goes even deeper.  He takes away the sin of the world.  He removes it as far as the east is from the west. (Psalm 103:12)  He casts it into the depths of the sea. (Micah 7:19)  He throws it behind His back. (Isaiah 38:17)  He remembers it no more. (Hebrews 8:12)  He completely and totally gets rid of our sin.  He takes it away!  What a blessing to know that Jesus is the “Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world”!  What a blessing it is to know Him and to be known of Him!

4 responses to this post.

  1. It’s almost unfathomable, isn’t it, that He takes them away! That is one of the many things I love about Jesus, the fact the I can’t get my mind around all that He is and does! Thanks Ben for this awesome post about our Jesus! deb


    • It’s such a hard thing to think about. How does God, who knows everything, “not remember” our sin? I don’t understand it all, but I believe it and what a wonderful thing it is!


  2. Ben, I love that verse. You’ve pointed out the essential truth of it so clearly. Peace, Linda


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