Lamb of GodFriday, March 25, 2011
“Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).
What an amazing statement that is. First, Jesus is God’s lamb sent from heaven to earth. If we offer a sacrifice, the best we can do is to offer a literal lamb or a goat or to round up a bull and bring it to the priest. Animal blood was what we could offer. When God offers a “lamb,” that “lamb” is his own Son. He is the perfect sacrifice. All those animals the priests put to death were meant to point directly to him.
Second, he is God’s voluntary lamb. In the Old Testament the lambs offered for sacrifice had no choice in the matter, but Jesus offered himself willingly for our salvation. He laid down his own life. No one took it from him. If he had not been willing, the entire Roman army could not have killed him.
Third, he is God’s lamb offered for our sins. The word translated “takes away” is used elsewhere for the rolling away of the stone that sealed the tomb of Jesus. When our Lord died on the cross, he “rolled away” our sins once and for all. They are gone, removed, blotted out, covered, and rolled away forever.
Fourth, he is God’s lamb who rolls away the sins of the world. Here is an amazing truth. The blood of Jesus is so powerful that it is sufficient payment for the sins of the whole world. Anyone, anywhere, at any time can be forgiven through Christ. There are no barriers that stand between you and eternal life. Jesus paid it all.
How great is your love, O God, that you should offer your own Son for my sin. The Lamb dies and I live. What a miracle! My heart will never cease to praise you. Amen.