Lamb of God

29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” —John 1:29-31

Our reading today begins with an amazing announcement by John the Baptist. I think you understand John intentionally used the picture of the Lamb of God, and it made a massive impact on his audience because they all lived under the sacrificial system. They knew sin causes separation and only blood sacrificed—only a substitutionary death—could wash away sin; could provide forgiveness; could restore a relationship.

Do you remember Abraham when he was taking Isaac up to be sacrificed? Isaac asked, Where’s the sacrifice?

What did Abraham say? “God will provide for himself the lamb” (Genesis 22:8).

Later, when God established the Passover under Moses, Jewish people would kill a lamb and put the blood on their doorposts so when the angel of the Lord came over, he would see a death had taken place to provide forgiveness. Lambs are weak and vulnerable—a picture of innocence. They are pure and spotless—a picture of their preparedness to bear our sin. 

How great a river of blood flowed through the Old Testament as the lambs— countless thousands—were slaughtered so their blood could be shed and sprinkled on the mercy seat as a pre-figurement of Christ’s atoning death for you and me! 

So when John says, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” he is announcing the perfect lamb-work Jesus would do for us.Because Jesus is the Lamb of God we can say, I am under His forgiveness!

Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, brings forgiveness. 

Do you have that? Most of the people who pass you on the freeway do not. Most of the people where you work do not. Have your eyes been opened? Does your heart have eyes to see the glorious truth found in the forgiveness of Jesus Christ?  

Have you embraced Him by faith for your forgiveness? You don’t have to be a first-century Jew to understand you need a Savior. Jesus is the Lamb of God; is He your Lamb? —James MacDonald

Journal

How would I explain to someone what it means to say Jesus is the Lamb of God who died in my place?

What are the main points I would want to make?

Prayer -

Father, Your plan has always been amazing and almost impossible for us to see without the eye-opening help of Your Spirit! Thank You that once I was blind, but now I can see, and once I was so very lost, but now You have found me. Thank You for paying the ultimate price in my place that I might have the ultimate gift freely because Your Son isthe Lamb of God who died in my place. My eternal thanks, Father, in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

Always True: 5 Great and Precious Promises of God
Always True: 5 Great and Precious Promises of God 

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What if you believed—truly believed with all confidence that God is with you? How would today go for you if you knew without a doubt that God is in control? What would be different in your life if you were sure God is watching and good? What would you risk if you were certain God is victorious? 

Just how would believing God’s promises change your life?  

Ask the greatest Christian you’ll ever meet if they hold on to God’s promises and they’ll all say yes. Believing that God will do what He promises leads to a great life. The greatest Christian you’ll every meet knows, treasures, and is resting in the promises of God. They cling to these assurances that God gives His people so they can walk by faith while they wait for Him to work.

So what exactly does God promise?  In this topical study of what will always be true, Pastor James MacDonald will explore five great and precious promises that God keeps. Enter into this study with anticipation and faith that the God who makes these promises is faithful and true... always true.